Next stop: vibrant Vilnius

10 March 2021

It is a once-in-a-lifetime project: Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, wants to radically reconstruct its central railway station, opened in 1861, and the whole district around it. The city has launched an international competition for ideas.

Architects are invited to send proposals how to create “an iconic and globally recognisable international railway station”, form “an attractive station square”, and “offer an idea for a viable and connecting station district urban centre”.

“Our goal is that any person who arrives by train or bus to Vilnius immediately sees that it is a vibrant city of the future,” says mayor Remigijus Šimašius. “And when they step into the station square or street, they will feel that the city is cosy, green, and inspiring.”

Connect, attract and inspire

“Projects for the reconstruction of stations in the world’s capital cities usually take place only once in a century,” says Mantas Bartuška, CEO of Lithuanian Railways. “This open call is a historic opportunity for the world’s best architects.”

Vilnius wants to open up previously closed industrial spaces for the city. The station shall not only be a point of travel, but also a new centre for attractions with leisure and service spaces.

Proposals can be submitted until the end of May. You can read more about the competition and the project ‘Vilnius Connect’ here.

Photo © Vilnius Municipality