An open international competition has been launched to overhaul and expand the main railway station in Riga, Latvia.
The contest is open to interdisciplinary teams, and seeks proposals to upgrade the 14ha station, create a new railway bridge and regenerate a 59ha surrounding area.
The £156 million project is part of Europe’s Rail Baltica programme which will create a direct train link between Warsaw and Tallinn.
Dins Merirands, a board member of the project’s implementing body Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas, commented: ‘The aim of the competition is to obtain the most appropriate sketch design for the central multi-modal public transport hub in Riga and the Rail Baltica railway bridge.
‘The competition territory covers 14ha and encompasses the historic central railway station of Riga, the embankment from Dzirnavu iela to Krasta iela and the planned Rail Baltica railway bridge over the River Daugava, it is situated in the central part of Riga, the capital of Latvia, which has always been one of the landmarks of the capital city.
‘There is also the study area, which covers approximately 59ha, and as a result of the competition it is intended to obtain masterplan solutions for the entire development of the competition area.’
The station is located next to Riga Old Town, famous for its historic churches and baroque architecture, and was originally designed by architect Johann Felsko in 1861. It was rebuilt in 1965, and today features a large square, shops, bus stops and a dramatic clock tower overlooking the city.
The Rail Baltica project will create a £3 billion European standard gauge network replacing existing Russian gauge tracks connecting the Baltic states.
The continuous 950km route will require a new bridge over the River Daugava and significant upgrades to Riga Central Station. It is scheduled to complete in 2025.
Submissions will be judged on their architectural quality, functionality, accessibility and logistical organisation of the construction process.
Judges include Julia Bolles-Wilson of London-based practice Bolles+Wilson, and Fletcher Priest Architects partner Jonathan Kendall.
The winning team will receive £125,000 and will work with the client to further develop and deliver their concept design.
The deadline for submissions is 12 noon local time on 7 November.
How to apply
Tel: +371 29216531