A tender has been launched for architects to design a rail station for the Rail Baltica station in Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, which will link Europe’s rail network to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The project will be funded by Vilnius city municipality and Lithuanian Railways (LTG), and will act as a "modern city gate" into the Baltic States.
The design should be "iconic and globally recognisable" and will connect to an urban district and station square.
The €7bn Rail Baltica scheme will connect the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to the rest of the EU.
Mantas Bartuska, LTG’s chief executive, said: "Here we want to create such spaces that correspond to the best examples of western European railway stations, and the station would not only be a point of travel, but also a new attraction centre with leisure and service spaces, comfortable connections for pedestrians, cyclists, and everyone choosing comfortable and eco-friendly trips by train."
Karolis Sankoski, LTG Infra’s chief executive, added: "It is symbolic that the transformation of the Vilnius railway station is a matter of concern as the first Rail Baltica trains move through Lithuania, and Vilnius will become one of the railway stations from which it will be possible to directly reach Warsaw and from there to every European city."
More information on the competition can be found here. Design proposals can be submitted until the 31 May.
Image: Vilnius (Subbotina/Dreamstime)