University of Naples Subway Station Interior Design by Karim Rashid

The project team was Karim Rashid, Camila Tariki, and Dennis Askins. A multi-cultural, academic community of thousands of passengers a day trafficked the University of Naples subway station.

Communicating and embodying knowledge in the new digital age, language in the shrinking global landscape, innovation and mobility in this third technological revolution was an interior design.

Naples was an integral intellectual information haven that extended itself throughout the rest of the world, not longer a historic southern city of Italy but instead now. A metaphor of this new wired global condition was the changing Italy and the station. The station with its surroundings was integrated, as well as a platform was provided for innovative, cutting-edge design strategy. The descension was utilized from the piazza to the subway platforms. A metaphorical shift was represented from the conscious brain to the spiritual mind.

Interpreting the individual shift from a busy “brain state” to a focused “mind state”, one’s own experience was defined. Although tiles covered a space, the visitor would walk, entering into the station from the piazza to the subway station.

The soft nature of the space, the striking palette of colors and patterns influenced the station lobby. With lenticular iconography changing colors and perspective, an interesting siteline was provided as commuters proceed to the platforms below, along the back wall of the station lobby level.

An abstracted, SYNPOSIS sculpture reflecting the nodes of the brain and the synapses which occur within was intersecting the space between the heads profile benches (metaphorically intersecting the dialogue). A transition was experienced from the busy piazza to a more intimate, focused environment when descending to the subway platforms via escalator. Various artworks and other graphic art as a focal point were displayed here. With these abstract images, the user was invoked to shape the environment according to the creative interpretations.

Recognized words were displayed by rolling LED programming situated behind frosted glass. Knowledge and the multicultural university setting were referenced. The steps were separated portraits of Dante and Beatrice, descending and ascending the stairwells on each respective platform.

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The direction was indicated by the accent colors, lime and pink, through the descent to the final destination. The beauty of our airframe voxels of the flux and ever dynamic multidimensional information and data age (infostethiks) were spoken by airframe surfaces.

Spending the most static time was in the platform level of the subway station. The tranquil, imaginative environment of the “mindstate” enhanced one’s experience while waiting for the subway. The form of landscape forms provided seating. A backlit artwork was the back wall of the subway platform. A continuous soft glow in the space was provided. To signify a train’s arrival, a shadow of an oncoming train, etc. was included.

A temporal, transitional space was a subway station. The commuter experience within the train station was the concept.

The University of Naples subway station interior in Naples, Italy, was renovated by New York designer Karim Rashid. Between huge columns with the profiles of faces towards a shifting lenticular wall of graphic patterns were passed by commuters. Leading to platforms with backlit patterns on the walls, the escalators of the modern interior, there were sculptures and graphic artworks.

 

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