New underground connection in Bari. The project of Paolo Mossa
Please describe your project in brief
The project forms part of a major undertaking of fundamental importance for the city of Bari: the metropolitan railway link between the Stazione Centrale and Bari Palese Airport. As Studio Mossi, we worked specifically on the interiors of the Airport Station, the Transit Building and the tunnel linking the two.
The overriding aim of the project was therefore the attempt to exploit all the design potential of the covering material, especially in the connecting tunnel, which was the most problematical part of the project and therefore, as is often the case, also the most stimulating.
We set out to use the covering material in an unusual way, by running the floor and wall coverings into each other and creating a two-colour effect with alternating bands of SOHO beige andMONOLITH black stoneware tiles in size 60x60. The result is a dynamic effect that breaks up the monotony of the 200 m long connection, with a constant unifying effect provided by the central yellow strip for the blind and partially sighted, created using Marazzi AUTONOMY collection stoneware; very unusually, this feature became the key element in the composition.
For an architect, what does it mean to work on a project of this kind, with its high public impact?
It means considering a series of variables, such as safety in use of the finished work, in terms of problems such as wear or slipperiness, of primary importance when we consider the amount of traffic a metropolitan railway carries, the materials’ durability and the potential impact of light on them. So the choice of covering was fundamental, and a great deal of thought went into it.
How did you find out about Marazzi and what led you to choose our materials?
The Studio Mossa firm has now been using Marazzi coverings for years, not just for reasons of style and appearance - the company has a wide range of products, which is constantly updated with new innovations - but also because of the performance features the tiles provide, which are fundamental when designing both public and private spaces.