Stuttgart main station by Paul Bonatz: life of a monument

  • Letizia Musaio Somma University of Basilicata
Palabras clave: reuse, Stuttgart, railway station, infrastructural heritage, drawing, 3D reconstruction


The process of knowledge and protection of a monument building starts from the recognition of its value and is intended to keep it throughout its lifespan. When the feeling of self-identification with it by a whole community is added to its historic and architectural value, so as to turn it into a national symbol, the active conservation of a symbolic place over time becomes a fundamental commitment, and has to be adapted to the needs of contemporary life. This is the case of the Stuttgart main railway station, designed by the German architect Paul Bonatz in the early twentieth-century and consists of transit crossroads which have been in constant transformation, since its construction to the present day. It was the subject of extensive urban and architectural research, until defining a final hypothesis of transformation conscious and respectfulness of its existing use.


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Biografía del autor/a

Letizia Musaio Somma, University of Basilicata

PhD student XXXI cycle “Cities and landscapes: Architecture”-research project: The role of the railway in the development and transformation of the city” (DiCEM)-University of Basilicata-Matera (Nov. 2015-present); Erasmus Traineeship: Oeverzaaijer Architectuur-Amsterdam (Jul-Oct. 2015); Architecture Faculty-Polytechnic of Bari-final project: Stuttgart main train station by Paul Bonatz,110/110 full marks cum laude (2009-2014); Stage for research Fakultät Architektur-Stuttgart (May 2014); High school diploma in classical studies-Orazio Flacco-Bari; 100/100 full marks (2004-2009). 

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Musaio Somma, L. (2017). Stuttgart main station by Paul Bonatz: life of a monument. Ge-Conservacion, 11, 219-223.