Submission: 18 December 2015
Registration: 18 December 2015
Language: English, Czech
Location: Brno, Czech Republic
Prizes: 1st Prize: 1,800,000 CZK , 2nd Prize: 1,200,000 CZK, 3rd Prize: 750,000 CZK
The subject of the competition is the urban planning and transport solution for a new main rail station in Brno, situated in the locality below Petrov Hill, and simultaneously the formulation of a strategy for the emergence of a viable urban district corresponding to the needs and realities of the 21st and 22nd centuries.
The southern portion of the centre of Brno is a unique locality that has long remained an architecturally passive zone. Its formation was the result of the unplanned interweaving of rail lines and the initial growth and later decline of industrial production over the past 150 years. This prominent and complex brownfield, an area open for development, is slowly being transformed on the level of individual building activities.
This competition approaches the development area in the centre of Brno as an opportunity for a new reconceptualising of the city. The competition seeks a differing view of this locality than simply the pragmatic installation of high-rise structures, or the creation of an internal periphery. The goal is to find a solution that will be resilient, adaptable, sustainable, and aesthetically satisfying, whether from the standpoints of architecture, urban planning, or transport.
The task that the competition presents to architects and other experts is the design of a process that should be initiated by the city itself and should lead to the formation of a fully valid and integral section of a modern European city.