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New railway terminal in Vilnius - Competition entry

Urban idea

The concept is based on the system of several interconnected architectural-urban objects, which merges with the existing urban context, modifies it and creates various functional scenarios and visual patterns both in the open spaces and inside the existing and new buildings.
The project is focused not only on the creation of a comfortable environment for the travelers and commuters but also on the development of the green framework through reinvigorating the existing green spaces and creating a spacious urban garden above the railway tracks which will be functionally integrated into the railway terminal and its infrastructure. This garden is a peaceful green island in the middle of a busy hub which is going to connect to the existing green spaces near the station through open stairs and elevators.
The concept presupposes a new look of the railway station square and development of a bus terminal in such a way that it is going to increase the number of pedestrian zones and facilitate car traffic in the square. The existing green areas of valuable trees are going to be carefully preserved and new plantings will be added to create more secluded, nature-inspired spots for the travelers and passersby to enjoy.
The new terminal building and offices along Pelesos g. will not only separate the residential district from the railway tracks but will also create a welcoming and comfortable plaza under a vast overhang. The staircase at the terminal entrance leads us to the garden over the railway tracks through an intricate lattice formed by a multitude of planters. Such a solution is going to project a memorable visual image as seen both from the railway tracks and in the direction of the city center.
Besides the functional aspect and comforts, our concept also sends the following important messages:

Architectural idea

The fluid shape of the canopy above the railway line contrasts with the static bulk of the existing railway station and the future concourse of the new terminal designed as a double portal. Linked to each terminal to the both sides of the railway lines, the canopy, similar to a muscle, dynamically extends in both directions, exposing a uniform green area of the small garden. Devoid of any permanent structures, the peaceful feel of this space makes a contrast to the bustling traffic of people and vehicles below.
The stairs in our concept appear on the both sides of the railway lines and give a feel of a kind of an index sign both designating and inviting us to the new garden above railway lines and to the railway station itself. One of the crucial points is that the new stair on the railway square also modifies the whole impression of the existing building, creating a disymmetric image with it. Therefore, the look of the square and the old railway station vibrate in a completely new way. The open stairs, a weaving line of PT Terminal, in addition to their functions now evolve to an urban piece of sculpture, objets d'art, an architectural landmark of the railway complex.
An important role in shaping the character of the place is played by the structural elements: the outspreading column bundles, coffered plane of canopy consisting of crossing I-beams, metal trusses visible through the glazing of the lobby and office building on Pelesos street.
Coffered canopy covering creates a visibly light and human-scaled detailing; caisson cavities, in their turn, are filled in with planters with trees and shrubs, or let in the natural light through the skylights.

Project team: Ilia Ermolayev, Evgenia Ermoshko, Valentin Kogan, Daria Bril, Anastasia Shnitko, Maria Polozova, Alexey Oleynik
Tecnology engineering: Vladimir Danilov
Constuction engineer: Anton Smirnov

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