Napoli: “The Most Impressive Underground Railway Station in Europe”

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Catalan architect Óscar Tusquets has transformed the Toledo metro station in Naples, Italy, into an underwater abyss, providing a unique sanctuary for busy travelers.  Honored as “the most impressive underground railway station in Europe” by the London Daily Telegraph, the terminal’s walls have been adorned in various shades of blue Bisazza mosaics. Darker tiles have been placed lower to the ground; while tiles closer to the ceiling grow progressively lighter, to mimic the various tones of the ocean. A distinguishing design feature is the immense crater that connects the street with the great lobby 38 meters below. The reconstruction of the Toledo metro—a part of the Naples Metro Art Stations Circuit that engages the world’s finest architectures—was a collaborative effort, with initiatives provided by project director Giovanni Fasanaro and artworks by William Kentridge, Robert Wilson, Francesco Clemente, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Shirin Neshat and Oliviero Toscani.

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