The competition for the New Brno Main Train Station attracted the best architects from around the world, so let’s have a look at their buildings

Published: 16. 11. 2020

Fifty. That is the number of requests to participate submitted from fifteen countries to the international design competition for the New Brno Main Train Station. A total of twelve teams of architects advanced to the first round of the competition. Three were invited directly, the other nine were selected by an expert panel. They will now start working on the design of the station building and adjacent public spaces. Among them are studios from the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Denmark, the USA and the United Kingdom. On Monday, 16 November 2020, the participants of the competition were confirmed by the Brno City Council and the Railway Administration. The competition is organised by the Brno City Chief Architect‘s Office.

The competition for the New Brno Main Train Station attracted the best architects from around the world, so let’s have a look at their buildings

The international panel evaluated a total of 46 portfolios, as the review revealed that one request to participate was duplicated. The participation was also confirmed by the three studios invited in advance. The international urban-transport-architectural competition for the design of the New Brno Main Train Station was announced on 31 August 2020. The joint contracting authorities are the City of Brno and the Railway Administration. It is a two-phase restricted competition. This format allows the contracting authority to reduce the number of participants based on portfolios and reference projects only to those who are most suitable for the competition, which then receive sketch fees for processing the proposal.

In the first phase, twelve competitors will partially prepare their competition proposals and four of them will be selected to participate in the second phase of the competition. In the second phase, the four selected participants will prepare a more detailed version of their proposals, the panel will select the winner and determine the order in the second, third and fourth place. The evaluation of proposals in the first phase will take place in early March; the second phase evaluation will take place in June 2021. The winner will participate in the elaboration of subsequent project documentation.

The competitors will be tasked with designing the station building, including the roof and the platforms, the layout of the interior and the location of the main station hall, as well as the complete solution of adjacent public spaces, including administration buildings, housing and public amenities. It is also necessary to solve the form and location of the bus station, urban public transport terminal, parking, bicycle storage or pedestrian connection.  The representatives of the city and the region decided in 2018 that the new station will stand by the river on the site of today’s lower station.

Directly invited

  • Benthem Crouwel Architekten
  • gmp International
  • Albert Wimmer

Selected by an expert panel

  • Sdružení Pelčák a partner architekti – Müller Reimann Architekten
  • ingenhoven architects, Architektonická kancelář Burian-Křivinka, architekti Koleček-Jura
  • Grimshaw Architects, AFRY CZ
  • Snøhetta Architecture Landscape Architecture, Civitas, Thorton Tomasetti, 4ct
  • Diller Scofidio, Renfro
  • OMA
  • BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, A8000
  • Marc Mimram Architecture and Associés
  • MVSA Architects, JIKA-CZ, KCAP Architects and Planners

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