Czech Republic: the new station in Brno, a neighbourhood in itself
After designing Rotterdam Station, the Dutch consortium made up of Benthem Crouwel Architects and West 8 won this important international competition in which 46 firms participated in 2020. Brno is the Czech Republic’s second-largest town (in size) and nicknamed ‘Little Vienna’. Its future station aims to act as a catalyst and develop the new neighbourhood as an integral part of the city.
Focus on people
The multi-purpose, connected station will include a wealth of services and facilities that are quite staggering: Fourteen platforms for high-speed and local trains, urban trams and buses, a regional bus station, an underground station, a parking area for bicycles and cars, passenger services, shops, and catering areas. But also, offices, residential units, a hotel, public spaces, a seaside park, and an urban promenade.
Several solutions have been imagined to considerably reduce the new station carbon footprint. The surprising porch made of convex glass, located above the platforms and designed as a solar energy collector, or the use of biosourced materials such as cross-laminated timber and the restricted use of reinforced concrete are only a few examples. The design is environmentally friendly and also includes natural rainwater management, use of day light (filtered), natural ventilation and low-temperature underfloor heating and cooling thanks to a reversible heat pump connected to a geothermal resource.
Once again, the evidence is clear that the dynamics of sustainable, connected towns occurs around their railway stations. With a construction budget estimated at €1.8 billion, the new station should be completed between 2032 and 2035.