The Czech Republic’s second largest city, Brno has announced an open international competition to regenerate its central station
Open to architects, urban planners and other professionals – the contest seeks ideas to transform the historic city centre station – located beneath the landmark Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul on Petrov hill – into a new ‘adaptable, sustainable and high quality’ area.
The 122 hectare competition site in Trnita features several municipally-owned plots and is bordered by the historic city centre, a rail freight depot and the river Svratka.
City mayor Petr Vokřál said: ‘For Brno, the competition has two levels. The first one is pragmatic – seeing an answer to the question of how to handle the area under consideration, and in what way to work with it in the event that the national government decides, in its ruling on the rail junction, to have the station below Petrov hill.
‘The second level is connected with the much broader long-term vision of the city that we would like to bring to reality through this competition: Brno emerging in the public mind as a modern and youthful city, offering a wide range of educational possibilities. We want to develop the city so that it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but above all functional for its residents.’
Eight teams will be shortlisted and the overall winner will receive around £50,000.
Competition judges include German architect Roger Riewe – who redesigned Innsbruck main station – and Budapest chief architect Sándor Finta.
A city-wide referendum will be held next year on whether to relocate the station to the river or improve its existing surroundings.
Submissions may be completed in English or Czech. The deadline for applications is 2pm local time on 18 December.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information