Language variant : Milano Centrale railway station
Architect : Stacchini, Ulisse
Locality : Milano
Country : Italy
Building style : Jugend/Art Nouveau
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“The Stazione Centrale of Milan exudes the terrifying gigantism of modern industrial society. Stacchini gives us a churning force, the aestheticized product of the Sempione tunnel’s* boring machines rolling into town. The station brings to mind contemporary cinematographic visions, such as Cabiria of 1914, set in colossal cityscapes. The sublimely scaled rooms offer glimpses of impossibly vast space…Although much in architecture had evolved before the station was finally completed, the grandiose image of antiquity merged with a vision of modern industrial society seemed its great virtue. The Stazione Centrale was inaugurated on 1 July 1931, and the city sang its factory sirens to welcome the latest monument to modernity.”
Kirk, Terry: The Architecture of Modern Italy – Volume II: Visions of Utopia, 1900–Present, Princeton Architectural Press, 2005, p. 42.
* The World Expo was organized in Milan in 1906 and the Alpine Tunnel of Sempione—a railway tunnel 20 km long that connected Milan to the great capitals of Europe—was finished for the occasion (http://www.aboutmilan.com/expo-2015/milan-1906.html) (August 4, 2011).
Ed. Katriina Puputti