Toledo metro station, 2005–2012

(1st phase)


Location: Napoli


Project director: Giovanni Fassanaro

Lighting: AIA

Artists: William Kentridge, Bob Wilson.

Built area: 13.228 m2


"The most impressive underground railway station in Europe" Daily Telegraph
Extended new in the
Corriere della Sera



As part of Naples programme for entrusting the design of metro stations to eminent international architects, it fell to us to design Toledo station, with a satellite entrance in the centre of the Quartieri Spagnoli. We are also responsible for the urbanisation of the squares situated above these entrances.

    The most striking feature of Toledo station is the immense crater that connects the level of the square above with  the great lobby 38 metres below. The final stretch of the Via Díaz, above the station, becomes a pedestrian plaza, which, amongst other functions, hosts a street market sheltering under a forest of rigid umbrellas.

    A particularly attractive feature of the project was the close collaboration with the prestigious fine artists who had been invited.


(Photographs by Andrea Resmini for Bisazza, by Giovanni Fassanaro and by Courtesy of the Metropolitan of Napoli)