The new Brno central station will be designed by the Dutch studio Benthem Crouwel Architects. The architects are behind the Rotterdam station project and the reconstruction and extension of the Amsterdam station. The construction will cost the city almost 50 billion.
The city administration announced the winner of the competition on Wednesday. The station will be built according to a design by Dutch studio Benthem Crouwel Architects, who said it would become a new gateway to the city and a positive impulse for the emerging Trnitá district on the banks of the Svratka River. “Brno citizens will gain a modern interchange and a guarantee of further development of local rail transport,” the city said on its website.
Twelve teams took part in the competition, a two-round event, and four of them made it to the final round. The final winner was decided by an expert jury, which included architect Eva Jiřičná and urban planner Peter Gero.
“The authors of the winning design will supervise the quality of the project documentation for the new building. They will guarantee that, after completing, the new station will be not only the pride of South Moravia but also a place that passengers will really like to use, “said Mojmír Nejezchleb, Deputy Director-General for Railway Modernisation of the Railway Administration.
How long will the construction take?
The new central station building is expected to be completed between 2032 and 2035, by which time part of the new Trnitá district will also be finished. The designers promise “smooth integration into the urban network and enrichment of the public life of the new district, comfortable and easy to use with excellent transfer possibilities and a representative building that strengthens the identity of the city of Brno.”
The new station will stand by the river on the site of today’s lower station. Brno’s central station is now in the city center. The location of the station was decided by the city and regional councilors in 2018.