'For a mass transit company, signature assemblies become scaled gateways that connect the regional with the metropolitan'

RFI Italian Railway
Regional and Metropolitan Station Stops

AWARDED: 2nd Place RFI Italian Railway International Competition

PUBLISHED: RFI Ferrovie Dello Stato

As the Italian Rail Network (RFI) suffers from severe congestion in major traffic zones with delays in travel time, it set forth to strengthen the system and optimize its capacity by making funding available for a high speed network.  The international competition, introduced by RFI, seeks for ideas on how to treat regional and metropolitan train stations and stops occurring through out the rail network.  Each station has the potential to have a specific identity and share a familiarity for the regional and the metropolitan stops.

Overall form of railway stations are considered with the more tactile elements of the mass transit experience.

This comprehensive modular system unifies a design language and assembly technique as an extension of local character.  It considers passenger traffic flows toward platforms via tunnels and fly-overs and applies equal treatment to the experience of waiting, kiosk interaction, and benches.

The initiatives for both the regional and the metropolitan stops are inherently agile, and sensitive to defining and maintaining an authentic sense of place. With a prescriptive deployment; the singular modules turn into threads that spatially weave each scale of platforms simultaneously.  Customization becomes a method of identity for a lasting assembly that envelopes an innovative sense of arrival and place for the future stops throughout Italy.



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