The extension of TGV high-speed rail services to Turin was an opportunity to remodel Porta Susa station, which is set to become the first Italian stop on the Paris-Rome line.
The railway tracks, which bisected the city, have conveniently been buried in an 8-metre deep cut-and-cover to make room on the surface for a new urban highway dubbed “La Spina”.
To showcase the presence of the railway lines below the avenue, a glassed-in gallery running the entire 380-metre length of a twin TGV trainset has been created.
Passengers access the platforms using ramps and escalators built as a consequence and which also provide connections to the city’s metro system.
By reverting to the archetypal 19th-century Turin arcades, this glass-roofed street featuring services, shops and restaurants, is as much a focus of urban living as an intermodal hub.
Client: RFI (Infrastructure Division)
Prime contractor: AREP Ville and Silvio d’ASCIA architect, in partnership with Agostino Magnaghi, architect / Design offices: AREP (steel structures and climate control), SI.ME.TE (reinforced concrete structure), Sillitti e Garrone, (electricity and fluids), OTH Bâtiments (climate control consultants), Optiflow (climate control modelling)