Cos’e’ (What is it?)

Speaking of train stations, I love

Florence Train Station

not for its architecture,
but for its urbanism. You arrive, you’re right in the city. You step out of the train station, Firenze is at your feet. Time for

then it’s time to say hello to a great introduction to the magical city


Santa Maria Novella – right by the station.

Go inside,

the interior looks like

swirling espresso foam.

There was great espresso when I lived in Firenze for a number of years. but there was no airport and no high-speed rail. It felt more like a large Italian village than it does today.
Did you know that by 2008 Firenze will have a new high-speed train station?

The Florence RFI Station will provide an important link on Italy’s high-speed network currently being built between Turin and Venice in the north and Naples in the south. The station, to be predominantly underground, will be situated a short distance from the existing station just outside Florence’s historic city centre.


High-speed trains are better than planes I say. Sir Norman Foster and partners designed the high-speed rail station. Click here, for wonderful renderings showing light, and shadows and… concrete? No! Green and white marble. Fabulous. Money well-spent, Italia. Foster’s office says

“…the scheme is both a celebration of the experience of entry into Florence and an attempt to reduce the complexities of modern travel.

The composition is capped by an arching glazed roof, which evokes the great railway structures of the nineteenth century. Arriving in the station, the generous volume, with natural light flooding in from above, gives an immediate sense of space and light; one can see the sky and sense the air of the city.

The scheme is designed to ensure durability and ease of maintenance, to minimise energy consumption and reduce running costs. Natural light is a crucial part of this equation, so too is temperature control. … It also incorporates photovoltaic cells to generate power. The walls and floors are lined with a palette of rich materials familiar throughout the city – including a highly figured green and white marble – which will patinate gracefully over time.”


Fabulous.

The rendering at the top – that’s it. Looks appropriate to me. In the Florentine tradition of great design, no? This is Florence. A city of humanism.

– Eduardo

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