Max Obermark & Bonnie Grön // Learning from Naples – Perspectives for the Railway Station District



The thesis deals with an area of 135 hectares in the east of the city centre of Naples. The area extends along the tracks of the main railway station and is surrounded by an industrial zone to the south and east. The area is surrounded by railway tracks and contains the buildings of the former goods transhipment station. Today, most of the area is used for parking vehicles or by the railway company for storing materials. The existing buildings are predominantly occupied by logistical uses, but there are occasional conversions by university institutions. Based on an analysis of the surrounding districts with regard to their building structure, the use of public urban spaces and the distribution of public uses, we created a master plan that draws an alternative development scenario for the area. The concept is divided into five themes. The use profile, the spatial zoning, the handling of the boundaries, the design of the public open spaces and the integration of the industrial heritage. To begin with, a concept was drawn up for the distribution of uses on the site, which divides it into four zones. The first zone, at the entrance in the west, requires a robust use concept that fits into the rhythm of the site because of its proximity to the railway station. It is conceived as a 24-hour quarter comprising commercial uses, hospitality, offices and leisure facilities. The development is intended to create an open boundary and a welcoming gesture. The second area is characterised by the existing buildings of the former goods station. Through conversion, spaces are to be created here in which a creative milieu can develop. Working, learning and living are to take place here in the immediate vicinity. The third area is a residential quarter with commercial and public uses on the ground floor. This is intended to meet the city's need for residential space and at the same time create density. The fourth zone is the newly created park, which creates a soft border to the industrial area to the east. The four areas were then enlarged to a scale of 1:333 to show how the design concept manifests itself spatially on the site. Furthermore, a theoretical treatise on Walter Ben-jamin's texts on Naples and on Richard Sennet's concept of the "Open City" was prepared.


Examiner: Prof. Anne-Julchen Bernhardt
Co-Examiner: Prof. Ferruccio Izzo, Universita di Napoli Fed-erico II
Supervisor: Milica Lopicic, Mariana Ascolese

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