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23rd place – R20912

Urban-architectural vision

 

Rail stations by nature divide. As a reaction to the intense infrastructural program, we embrace the gapand aim toward repair. The project focuses on stitching together the urban fabric, especially pedestrian and landscape connections, split apart by the railyard.

 

An urban framework unfolds in two ways. First, we activate the edges of the railyard, transforming the buffer zone of industrial activities. Parks, shared streets, plazas, and programmatic amenities reach out and welcome in. The activated edges create a welcoming environment enabling the stitching.

 

Stitching takes the form of a bridge network that: provides passage across the tracks, access to the platforms, affords a covered lane strolling on snowy days, and unifies the rooftop landscape. Lightly rendered towers anchor entry points to announce the new bridge connections to the city.

 

As time passes, the idea of the stitch will fade. The city will forget the tear, seeing the station as a place in the middle, a centre. The stitch secure, this place will evolve with the city it supports, reshaping a new future of Vilnius defined by dynamic urbanism set in robust ecologies.

  • Business name of the Participant: JIM Architecture
  • Country: Canada
  • Name and surname of the authors: James Huemoeller, Tom Hogge