A project sponsored by Comune di Firenze, Grandi Stazioni S.p.A, concieved and coordinated by Fondazione Michelucci

On October 30, 1935 the new Fabbricato viaggiatori of Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station was inaugurated. The project is the successful outcome of the national competition of 1932, won by “Gruppo Toscano” formed by Nello Baroni, Pier Niccolò Berardi, Italo Gamberini, Sarre Guarnieri, Leonardo Lusanna, led by Giovanni Michelucci. A project that triggered a strong debate over the issue of modernity. Since then, the station dialogues with the surrounding urban fabric, with the people who live it and pass through, with the church of Santa Maria Novella. The station is linked with the church by its accentuated horizontality, as the designers explained, "with function and appearance of terminal, limit, in order the apse of the church unchallenged prevail in its monumental expression". The compact material, interrupted by the symbolic "waterfall glass", the contrast between essentiality of external materials and wealth of the interior ones, the extreme attention to details, along with the perfect distribution system, make the station the most celebrated masterpiece in the national and international architectural culture. A twentieth century Italian architectural heritage recognised masterpiece, acclaimed by Florentines as well as travelers. After eighty years, the Gruppo Toscano station by Michelucci, confirms itself as a fundamental vital urban element and the most important architectural legacy of the twentieth century in Florence. The Fondazione Michelucci promotes a series of initiatives to celebrate and enhance the role of SMN for its social, cultural and urban dimension, in which identity, memory, relationships, meeting, and also mobility, communication, strategic value, cultural heritage are expressed.

SCHEDULED EVENTS All scheduled events are detailed on www.architetturatoscana.it


Station areas, from 4 to 6 pm
Site specific performance
Kinkaleri, "Talk to you | All!"

Palazzina Reale, 5 pm
Institutional greetings and initiatives introduction
Comune di Firenze, Regione Toscana, Grandi Stazioni S.p.A., Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, Ordine Architetti PPC di Firenze, Fondazione Architetti Firenze

Palazzina Reale, 5:30 pm
Opening Conference
Claudia Conforti and Francesco Dal Co “La stazione di Firenze Santa Maria Novella”
Salone biglietti / tickets hall, 6:30 pm
Permanent exhibition opening
“La stazione Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Da ottant’anni la porta della città”

starting from October 30, 2015

Florence Station SMN
La stazione Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Da ottant’anni la porta della città.
Permanent exhibition at Salone biglietti / tickets hall
Temporary exhibition at the commercial gallery

Archivio Storico del Comune di Firenze
La Stazione in "Rassegna".
at Biblioteca delle Oblate - Historical Section, Via dell'Oriuolo, 24

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale
Due inaugurazioni per la città: la Biblioteca Nazionale e la stazione Firenze SMN.
Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, 1

Museo Novecento
La via toscana alla modernità: la Firenze degli anni Trenta.
Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 10
Guided tour Monday December 14, 2015 on reservation
Info 055 2768224 - 055 2768558, info@muse.comune.fi.it

Sponsors: Comune di Firenze, Grandi Stazioni S.p.A., Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, with the patronage of Regione Toscana; with the participation of the Ordine degli Architetti Pianificatori Paesaggisti e Conservatori della Provincia di Firenze, Fondazione Architetti Firenze, Archivio Storico del Comune di Firenze, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Museo Novecento Firenze
in cooperation with the Archivio di Stato di Firenze, Archivio Fondazione FS Italiane, Biblioteca Scienze Tecnologiche - Architettura dell'Università di Firenze, Archivio Storico Foto Locchi; thanks to Fratelli Cuore e Badiani
A project conceived and coordinated by Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci
Team group: Andrea Aleardi, Massimo Colombo, Carlo Giulianelli, Corrado Marcetti, Alessandro Masetti, Nadia Musumeci, Paola Ricco, Costanza Zaino

Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci
Via Beato Angelico, 15
50014 Fiesole (FI)
Tel. 055 597149
Cell. 347 5232144