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Monte St Angelo Subway Station by Amanda Levete Architects and Anish Kapoor
Construction has begun on a subway station in Naples, Italy, designed by London studio Amanda Levete Architects and artist Anish Kapoor.
Called Monte St Angelo Subway Station, the project was inspired by a network of unfinished tunnels.
It will have two entrances – one made of Corten steel that will appear to have been pulled up from the ground, and another made of aluminium that will appear to sink into the earth.
Photographs are by Peppe Testa.
Here’s some more information from Amanda Levete Architects:
Construction begins on Naples subway station
Monte St Angelo Subway station in Naples, a project in collaboration with Anish Kapoor is now on site. The brief from the City of Naples, to create a fully-functioning tube station that is in itself a work of art, demanded a synthesis of purpose and beauty that was fundamental to our creative process. A second primary point of inspiration was the site. At the surface the station will be the central element in the urban and cultural regeneration of the Traiano district that has suffered in its recent history from infrastructural isolation and neglect.
Simultaneously the network of tunnels and vaults designed and subsequently abandoned midway through a previous tube station project, describes an underworld barely tangible in the gleaming and sanitary underground spaces of contemporary subway projects. In the shadow of Vesuvius and embedded in layers of early civilisation, these dark and brutal concrete shells...
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