An open international competition has been launched for a series of information kiosks along the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia
Backed by CDS NORD property developers – the contest seeks ‘innovative’ and ‘instantly recognisable’ proposals for tourist information centres at key stops on the famous route.
Focussing on Moscow, Vladimir, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Ulaanbaatar and Khabarovsk – the project aims to enhance each regions’ appeal and encourage regular tourist groups.
According to the brief: ‘The Trans Siberian Pit Stops architecture competition offers architecture enthusiasts a chance for their designs for a tourist centre to be constructed along the world’s most famous train route.
‘Successful projects will combine the history and culture of this iconic railway, and the winning designs of the competition, run in collaboration with CDS NORD property developers, will be considered for construction in at least five locations across Russia.’
Spanning seven time zones, the Trans-Siberian Train railway first opened in 1916 and takes at least six days to travel.
The 9,289km transport route – which connects Moscow with Vladivostok – was electrified in 2002, doubling its train size capacity to 6,000 tons.
The competition is organised by Bee Breeders which launched a contest for new Icelandic trekking cabins in partnership with the same developer earlier this year.
Both parties expect the latest contest – which has no set budget for proposals – to play a similar role in opening up the route and boosting its appeal to visitors.
Each pit stop must provide essential tourist information for its surrounding area and be able to function in all weather conditions experienced along the historic route.
Proposals should fit a square 8m x 8m site and be easily replicated at multiple yet-to-be-confirmed locations across the rail network.
Concepts must display strong identity, be highly recognisable and create a new symbol for the immense route across the world’s largest nation.
CDS Nord plans to construct the first Trans-Siberian pit stop at the start of 2018 and all winning entries will be considered for the final design.
The competition is open to all participants with no professional qualifications required. Proposals may be submitted by individuals or by teams of up to four members.
The overall winner – set to be announced 2 November – will receive around £2,270 while a £1,135 second place prize and £380 third place prize are also available.
A student award and green award worth £380 each will furthermore be awarded alongside six honourable mentions.
The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm GMT on 19 October
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information