International Volvo Photo Locations Part 134
The Stazione di Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana is a high speed train station in Reggio Emillia in Italy. It is located outside the city, alongside of the A1 motorway between Milano and Naples.
Stazione Reggio Emilia AV Mediopadana – the only stop on the high speed train service between Milan and Bologna – was officially opened for passengers on 9 June 2013. Planning and development of the project took into account that the railway station will serve a much larger area than just the city of Reggio Emilia, with the number of potential users estimated at 2 million.
The infrastructure has been developed to link the “Area Vasta” – the vast area extending from Modena to Parma, and bordering the provinces Cremona, Mantua and Verona in the north. The construction is part of an urban renewal project incorporating the northern part of Reggio Emilia, the capital of the homonymous province. In the course of this, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has already created five large buildings for Reggio Emilia: the recently inaugurated railway station, three bridges along a new expressway connecting Bagnolo to Reggio Emilia and the roof construction of a toll station on the A1 motorway. As the single stop between Milan and Bologna, the station permits quick and convenient access to Milan (about 40 minutes) and Bologna (about 20 minutes).
The new railway station is 4 km away from the city centre of Reggio Emilia (officially referred to as Reggio nell’Emilia) and a few hundred metres from the new toll station on the A1, known as the “Autostrada del Sole”. Composed of white-painted steel elements and glass, the roof structure has a length of 483 m and a variable width and height. The width ranges between 35 m and 50 m, while the height is 20 m on average, with the roof rising between 7.5 m and 14.5 m above the platforms inside. The construction is composed of a series of 19 modules, each 25.4 m long, which are made up of a stepped arrangement of a series of 25 steel elements placed 1 m apart from each other.
The geometric variation of the portal shape, repeated at regular intervals, gives the structure an extraordinary “wave effect”, which is evident in the ground plan and elevations and creates a three-dimensional volume in the form of a sinusoid curve. Following a specific geometric principle, the shape of the wave differs on either side: the station entrance façade has a more dynamic appearance, with the two waves overlapping symmetrically, while the side facing the motorway is altogether calmer with regular (parallel) waves.