Pedestrian subway on Viale Ceccarini – Riccione

Overview

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Lipica Fiorito adorns a new pedestrian subway on Viale Ceccarini in Riccione (near Rimini)

 

Marble is a natural material that can add a “magical” touch to any setting when it is expertly quarried and processed by skilful hands.

Thanks to its unique qualities, Margraf Lipica Fiorito frost-resistant marble with a non-slip flamed finish was selected by architect Fabio Mariani as a prestigious paving material for a new, extended pedestrian subway in Riccione, near Rimini. It links the stretch of Viale Ceccarini by the sea with the road of the same name that leads into the old part of town.

The project involves an area of approximately 1,000 m², some of which is underground. This increases to approximately 1,500 m² when renovation work on an existing section is taken into account. The subway has an overall length of approximately 90 m, from the wall at the top of the new area to the end of the existing ramp on the stretch of Viale Ceccarini by the sea.

It brings together a number of different features in a single technical, distributive and architectural ensemble, thus creating a pleasant, practical location that complements and enhances the existing surroundings (Viale Ceccarini and a park).

 

Design concept

Like a bridge, the subway links and unites. It combines its practical purpose with a symbolic side.

As an underground structure, it has the potential to be even more evocative than a bridge. The notion of being “underneath” has numerous connotations in religion, literature and psychology. The architect and his team took inspiration from these ideas and transformed the subway from an anonymous passage into a topos, in the Aristotelian sense of the term.

Architectural rhetoric and assonance conjure up images of the history of Riccione. The designer’s goal was to produce a concerted work that engages and represents the town as a whole, with a special part being played by cultural associations, artists and accomplished artisans.

For instance:

  • Some of the walls are covered with wood, as part of a design inspired by planks on boats. Consequently, it feels like you are entering a ship rather than a subway.
  • The paving is made of frost-resistant Margraf Lipica Fiorito marble featuring a non-slip flamed finish and a suitable thickness for the use in question (approximately 3 cm for the pedestrian areas). The slabs are laid in a “free-length” pattern with strips of various sizes, thus optimizing the use of materials and reducing waste.
  • Other walls were made of “exposed” reinforced concrete using wooden boards of the same size as the planking seen elsewhere, thus drawing on the post-war traditions of the local master carpenters.
  • The new stretch of subway has an elliptical shape and will serve as a sort of underground town square, with a statue of local benefactress Maria Boorman Ceccarini surrounded by water as its focal point.

Technical details

  • Location: Viale Ceccarini, Riccione (near Rimini)
  • Architectural project: Fabio Mariani – MARIANI & ASSOCIATI ARCHITETTI

Quantity and type of Margraf marble used:

  • Paving made of frost-resistant Lipica Fiorito grey marble, featuring small, whitish veins, fossil remains of varying degrees of visibility, a non-slip flamed finish and a suitable thickness for the use in question (approximately 3 cm for the pedestrian areas). The slabs are laid in a “free-length” pattern with strips of various sizes, thus optimizing the use of materials and reducing waste.
  • Amount: 1,000 m²

 

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