Kamvari Architects has won an open international competition for a series of information kiosks along the Trans-Siberian Railway in Russia
Backed by CDS NORD property developers – the contest sought ‘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 a statement from the jury: ‘The winning project stood out for its unique combination of traditional forms of architecture and the dynamic nature of the railway.
‘Studying local vernacular architecture, our first prize winners adopted a trusted and proven building form by lifting the building off the ground, this allowed for greater control of interior conditions by insulating from the winter cold as well as cooling during the summer period.’
The statement continued: ‘The project implemented a traditional construction and form with a strong silhouette and strong geometry, making it a bold and recognisable landmark that wouldn’t be out of place along this historic railway route.’
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 was 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.