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Tabriz metro launches station interior contest

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Tabriz Urban Railway Organization (TURO) is holding an open international competition for the interior and entrances of its new Sa’at Square station in the Iranian city

The contest, open to architects and designers as individuals or in teams, seeks conceptual proposals for public areas within the station (pictured) which is part of the city’s ambitious new Metro Line 1 project.

Dubbed ‘Station 11’, the new facility overlooking Sa’at Square, will feature four new entrances alongside a 2,000m² subterranean level featuring a range of cultural and commercial spaces.

According to the brief: ‘The Sa’at Square Station is one of the major stations of Tabriz Urban Railway and it is evident it will be one of the most crowded. This station is situated in a historical zone of the city, which includes several valuable and historical buildings and sites.

‘Fulfilment of the urban, public, social and human functions of the station will require special structural and spatial features that form the station character, resulting in establishment of a sense of place and its improved quality.’

Situated in north-western Iran, Tabriz has a population of 1.5 million and is the capital of the East Azerbaijan Province which borders the Republics of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Nakhchivan.

The new station is immediately opposite Tabriz city hall, constructed by German engineers in 1937 and featuring the four-faced Sa’at clock tower. The building was briefly the seat of the Azerbaijan Peoples’ Government in 1947.

Other important landmarks close to the city- centre site include the 15th century Blue Mosque, Tabriz Islamic Art University and the monumental Arg Citadel of Tabriz.

Sa’at station is part of the city’s Metro Line 1 project, which will connect El Göli terminal in the south-east to Laleh terminal in the south-west and feature 18 stations.

The route’s 7km first phase opened last year while the 10km second phase, covering the city centre, is nearing completion.

Eight of the new second phase stations – including Sa’at Square – will feature underground platforms situated on an 8.5km stretch of double-bore tunnels with cross-sections of 6m each.

A second metro line is also under construction, and a planned third line is also intended to further reduce road traffic and boost mobility for local residents.

Proposals for Sa’at Square station must cover the four entrances, subterranean cultural space, ticket hall and platforms. Each entrance should offer a unique approach to the station either through the square or through the underground gallery spaces.

Entries must include four A4 pages with 500 words each explaining the project, and six A1 boards displaying the design concept with plan and perspective drawings to scale.

The competition is organised by Emarat-e-Khorshid Consultant Engineers Company and will be chaired by architect Kamran Dehghan. Jury members include the architects Homa Farjadi, Shahab Katouzian, Akbar Taghizadeh Asl, AmirHossein Taheri and Cino Zucchi.

The winning team, set to be announced on 5 November, will receive around £7,200, while a second place prize of £4,800 and third place prize of £2,400 will also be awarded.

The deadline for submissions is 14 October.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

Contact details

Tabriz Urban Railway Organization
29 Bahman Blvd.

Email: secretary@turocied.com
Tel: (+98-41) 33337453



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