The city of Brno has announced the team of Benthem Crouwel Architects + West 8 urban design and landscape architecture as the winners of an international architecture competition to jointly design the new multimodal hub of Brno, urban realm and adjacent station quarter.
The team was selected out of 46 applications, with twelve design teams including renowned offices like BIG, Diller Scofidio Renfro, OMA, Snøhetta and Ingenhoven selected to participate. It was the largest architectural competition in the history of the Czech Republic. According to the jury the winning design combines a reference to historic public buildings with a modern intermodal hub and a high quality public space. The design emphasizes the Brno's genius loci and proves a careful assessment of the practical functioning of the new station building and its surroundings.
The design was praised by the jury for integrating the cultural heritage of Brno with the implementation of a public welcome hall, a space between the city and train platform. The station hall offers a public interior to the inhabitants of Brno as well as organises and highlights the urban frontage of the new district. The location as a whole is marked by two diagonally positioned towers that situate the new station’s position within Brno’s silhouette.
Design: Benthem Crouwel, West 8
Lumion animation: Harm te Velde, West 8