The first phase of the Zaha-Hadid designed Napoli Afragola train station near Naples has been completed and begun service. It is a part of larger plan to improve rail connectivity in southern Italy. The station features an interesting design and includes significant sustainable technology.
The concept of this station was proposed back in 2003, and now Napoli Afragola train station was inaugurated by the prime minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni and opened for public on June 11. It currently operates 18 high-speed trains and handles up to 10,000 passengers per day. Once all lines are set up and running, the number of the trains will be increased to 28 and passengers to 32,700 each day.
The structure of this train station is unique. The exterior and interior of the station is aesthetically pleasing and innovative. It also provides enough parking facilities to the passengers. It comprises a reinforced concrete base supporting an elevated concourse of 200 steel ribs. The Napoli Afragola train station is designed as a public bridge and offer the connectivity to the passengers on either side of the station and also provide passengers easy access to platforms, shops, cafes and the central atrium.
“The concrete used within the station is a specific composition that provides optimum performance, with curved structural concrete elements built using technologies initially developed during the construction of the MAXXI Museum in Rome: wooden formwork replaced by prefabricated steel units, and double-curves realized with formwork created from CNC milled polystyrene models,” explains the firm in a press release.
The Napoli Afragola Station is designed to harness a significant amount of sustainable energy. The whole building is designed in such a way that it harnesses the natural lighting and natural ventilation. The solar panels are installed on the rooftop of the building to minimize the grid-based electricity usages. Ground source heating and cooling system keep the interior at a comfortable temperature efficiently, by drawing heat from, and dumping excess heat into the ground.