Xi’an Train Station


Sponsor: Manni Group
Competition Organizer: Young Architects Competitions (YAC)
Type, Open, international, ideas
Location: XiAn, China
Theme: Design for a new Train Station
Languages: English (Brief available in various languages)
Fees for teams and deadlines:
20 Oct 2019 – €60 Early Bird registration deadline
18 Nov 2019 – €80 Standard registration deadline
15 Dec 2019 – €110 Late registration deadline
19 December 2019 – Materials submission deadline
Awards (total = €25,000)
1st Prize – €10,000
2nd Prize – €6,000
3rd Prize – €3,000
Mentions (3) – €2,000 each
Gong Dong (Vector Architects)
Ben van Berkel (UNStudio)
Antonio Cruz (Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos)
Volkwin Marg (GMP Architekten)
Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Fresa Francesco (Piuarch)
Enrico Frizzera (Manni Group)
Giovanni De Niederhausern (Pininfarina)
Marcello Cai (Chic Group)
Sun Jin (Xi’an International Community Fashion Town Construction and Development Co., Ltd)
Stefano Boeri (Stefano Boeri Architetti)
Alberto Mercati (Dow)
Luca Gottardi (Renolit)
Bernard Plancade (RockWool)

Design Challenge
For centuries, the city of Xi’An has been the heart of the East and the residence of thirteen emperors’ dynasties. It has been a firm and stark heart pulsating with ruins and restorations, splendors and following declines. For 3,500 years, this heart has been expanding and contracting according to the rhythm of the events of the Middle Kingdom.   

Xi’An is tireless and adaptable to the needs of the times. By 2030, this city will experience an expansion of more than 17km2. This is the outcome of a measure that has been implemented by the central government of Beijing. It aims at maintaining the city as the hub of the relationships between China and the Western world. 

A new rail terminal will define the meeting point between East and West. It will be located at the end of the Silk Road. For centuries, generations of geographers and merchants had considered this place the most remote destination. This new rail terminal will be at the crossroads of the old and the new, the Yin and the Yang of the opposite poles that generate the future of human society on a daily basis. 

Here, millions of roads will intersect. Millions of journeys will start and end. Millions of lives, expectations and hopes will meet in the frantic and unaware atmosphere of travel-related places. This is because a station is more than a simple railroad platform, travelling is more than an experience. After all, the journey is the most real and genuine metaphor for the human condition.
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