International Architecture Competition

Trans Siberian
Pit Stops

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Trans Siberian 
Pit Stops

The spirit of the explorer is captured in the Trans Siberian Railway, traversing the largest country in the world and delving into a wealth of culture, monuments and spectacular environments. There is no greater railway journey on the face of the Earth, and those participants that managed to capture some of the excitement and wonder of this great landmark were selected as our winners. 

Many amazing projects were submitted, and our jury panel evaluated each project on its versatility and adaptability. We believe that this legendary route needs to be celebrated accordingly, with a series of rest stops that have the potential to become as well-known as the railway itself.

Competition results in media publications

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Trans Siberian Retreat

Authors

Omid Kamvari
Masoud Saeedian
Amir Armani Asl
Faraneh Ghahremani
Faramarz Ensafi

Company

Kamvari architects

United Kingdom

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Competitions for us are a way to test out creativity, where we are able to respond to a specific design brief in the way in which we find fit, using it as time to research and push forward thinking in the office and develop collaboration. Above all it challenges us and in doing so it forces us to evolve.

Jury commentary

First place winners project had it all. Its iconic in its design as well as being sustainable and rooted in the history of the railway.

The winning project stood out for its unique combination of traditional forms of architecture and the dynamic nature of the railway. Studying local vernacular architecture, our first prize winners adopted a trusted and proven building form by lifting the building off the ground, this allowed for greater control of interior conditions by insulating from the winter cold as well as cooling during the summer period.

The project implemented a traditional construction and form with a strong silhouette and strong geometry, making it a bold and recognisable landmark that wouldn’t be out of place along this historic railway route.

2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Trans Siberian Pit Stops

Authors

Jacopo Abbate
Martina Mitrovic

Italy

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

Competition is in itself a challenge that is both exciting and capable to trigger creative processes. We believe this might be a combination that can lead to an interesting project.

Jury commentary

The second place winners created a design with the serious potential of becoming a landmark, with its clear and coherent portrayal of woodfire hut. A single, circular pavilion, the project centred around a fireplace which provides light and heat to travellers. A fireplace is an archetype of social interactions, creating a comfortable space to rest, relax and commune with other travellers. The central fireplace also served a structural role as an intersecting point of its interior roof beam, creating an expressive addition to the interior.

The nature of a large fireplace is inviting and welcoming, and its slight peculiarity gives it a unique and symbolic appearance that can be recognised immediately from every station along the Transsiberian railway route.

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

Anamorphosis

Authors

Alessandro Carrea
Djavan Cardona

Company

Godfathers

Switzerland

Why do you enter architecture
competitions?

International competitions propose original and actual topics. Participating in an architecture vision competition is a good exercise to develop new skills, design processes and learn of the problems around the world.

Jury commentary

The third place project, Anamorphosis, works to integrate itself within its surroundings with a mirrored facade. What made this design stand out to the jury panel is the dichotomy of its nature, its impressive design making it stand out while at the same time reflecting on the world around it. The exact same pavilion can be placed in Moscow, Kazan or Ulaanbaatar and have a completely different appearance as it is a reflection of its environment.

Once travelers enter the pavilion, the interior design is such that their gaze is drawn up the walls to the horizon beyond, highlighting panoramic views that allow tourists to easily orientate themselves with the city.

BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Trans-Siberian Pit Stops

Authors

Nolan Loh

University

University of cincinnati
+52 points!

United States

BB GREEN AWARD

Project name

Trans siberian pods

Authors

Liam Morrow
Elvira Hoxha

United States

Honorable mentions

VIEWclose HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Project Name

The Pitstop

Country

Denmark

Project authors

Geethica Gunarajah
Joseph Giddings
Nielsine Otto

Project Name

Trans Siberian Pit Stops

Country

Japan

Project authors

Yoichiro Hayashi
Jules-Valentin Boucher
Juliette Cottereau
Emma Bourdon

Project Name

Matriochkas

Country

France

Project authors

Sylvain Bidart
Pierre-Augustin Boucton
Mathilde Dumas

Project Name

Trans - Siberian Thermae

Country

Switzerland

Project authors

Christoph Junk
Daniel Schneider

Project Name

Siberian Spotlight

Country

France

Project authors

Yves Micault
Marc Viaud

Project Name

Sputnik 101

Country

Switzerland

Project authors

Grégoire Polikar
Manon Muller

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