Zaha Hadid Architects in Nápoles

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Anyone able to look back on the times when Zaha Hadid was still an ‘underground’ architect will easily manage to see the recently opened Napoli Afragola Station as an exaggerated materialization of the project with which the Iraqi-British architect who passed away in 2016 had her leap to fame: the Vitra Fire Station in Weil am Rhein. True, in Naples the lines have lost their deconstructivist aggressiveness, becoming more gentle, but it’s hard not to find the same dynamic drive in both. A posthumous work where Hadid’s hand can definitely still be recognized, the new high-speed train station through its contorted and aerodynamic shape emphatically suggests the idea of velocity; it has cost no less than 60 million euros and constitutes only the first phase of a larger project to revitalize the railway system of the southern Italian capital, programmed to be completed by the year 2022.

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