Two centuries have gone by since the time when locomotives were considered the highest achievement of science. Even so, stations – ancient stations – still exert a timeless fascination.
Slow and noisy, located in wild and remote scenarios, many stations are not in use anymore, leaving behind breath-taking landscapes crossed by rusty cast iron strips and scattered with vernacular structures.
Rail infrastructures have long been neglected or abandoned, far from being object of architecture projects, as they are linked to a form of transportation that was considered obsolete and incompatible with the speed of modern times.
Today, however, a new sensitivity seems to be reopening the debate on the future of this heritage. Expressions like “sweet mobility” and “slow tourism” show a new desire for quiet, for a future in which life will not be all about speed and progress anymore.
In this future, old stations will have an important role to play.
What can we imagine for old stations then? How can we transform the small towns on their path?
These are the questions of Culture Stations, a competition organized by YAC and the Municipality of Elini, to reinterpret ancient railway infrastructures in terms of culture and tourism, considering them as opportunities for the areas they cross. Leaving aside their original functions and embracing a new cultural purpose, designers have endless possibilities: stations as museums, “case cantoniere” (roadmen’s houses) as accommodation, storehouses as ateliers, railway parks as open-air theatres, bridges and galleries as exhibition spaces.
The system of railway infrastructures of Elini is surrounded by art and culture, therefore this is a unique opportunity to create evocative itineraries for travellers who want to discover remote places, contemplate a moving landscape, and enjoy creative avant-garde artworks, accompanied by the rattling of an old locomotive.
YAC and the Municipality of Elini thank all designers who will accept this challenge.
JOHNNY ROSAS, ENRICO CANNAS, SILVIA SERRAU, ERICA OLIANAS
Amanda Gabriella Michelotto, João Pedro Chaves da Silva, Helena Pagel Classen
Seyed Amir Mahdi Fatemi, Mohammad Saeed Ramezani, Mehrnaz Miri, Parsa Pahlavan, Robede Hazrat.
Dajun LI, Huangxiang SONG.
Zhi Bin Cheah, Jia Wei Huang
Berke Karadeniz, Ege Ediger
Wenzhuo Cai, Ruoxi Li, Zemin Yan
CLAQ & SERENDIPIA
Angelo Castillo, Lilié Suárez Gómez , Osyarin Ipsán García , Laimari De Quesada
Shiqi Liu, Qiazi Chen, Shiyin Zeng
Shiqi Liu, Qiazi Chen, Shiyin Zeng
KER NENG PEH, CHAER SHEAN LEE, YONG GING LOW, ARIEL FLORES, TZE WAY NG
Syd Uni Archi Kids
Weijie Xu, Yuzhu Zi, Brian Yung, Hao Wen, Cheuk Yi Chelsea Kwok, Wing Lam Chak, Ashley Hammonds
Irina Ivancu, Catinca Joița, Daniel Oancea
Aleksandra Warowna, Maria Paczóska, Julia Bujak, Ezgi Sopaoglu
Fajar Widharta, Marvel Yuri Sofyan, Pancatriputra Likoweda, Alessandro Cipolli, Lalu Fatih Azzam
Mathieu Iniesta, Lucia Helena Kup Barbieri de Matos
Abraham Mendez Ortiz, Brian Omar Martínez Mungía, Ignacio José González Rodríguez, Adalberto Adrian Gomez Cervantes
Abdelrahman Garib, Mohamed El Kherbawy
Wong Yung Man, Chen Kun
Alejandra Yanet, Sara Mesquita, María Cortés
Ramtin Meyghani, Sara Abedi
Maria Alejandra Pardini Osorio, Sofia Yumi Nakasone Arakaki, Carol Reque Arana, Jose Alexander Alberca Pastor
Valeria Kirejenko, Bogdan Casovskij
Maximiliano Wilson, Maurice Perrot, Tomas Peña, Diego Ramírez, Diego Vasquez
Vitul Agarwal, Aparna Chandgothia
Hortian Consultancy Pte Ltd
Xin Kai Tham, Ahrum Oh
Taeju Choi, Junyub Kim
Xinyu Wang, Yixuan Zhang
Geonwoo Bae, Juhong Park, Sangwon Lee, Hyunsoo Jang
Kang Dogyeong, Jo Han Bin, LEE Hae Seong
Rolando Barahona, Mariela Castro, Abraham Gutierrez, Jorge Mendez, Kenneth Thompson, Guido Munoz
Yongwon Jo, Seonghun Jeong
Hyeonsu Kim, Seunggu Lee, Chanhyeon Lim, Taehyeon Lee
Iurii Tiguntsev, Mikhail Tiguntsev
SAYEDEHPARISA KIANI, SAJAD ALAEI MOHSEN DADIPOUR, JAFAR NADERI DARESHOURI, MOHAMMAD AMIN RANJBAR, ALI AMINI
Kyunglim YOO, Minhyung Kim
Chiara dazzi, Marco filippi
Kim seung geun, Kwon hee jae
Jihoon Kim, Yoonsu Kim, Brenna Fransen
Dong Hyeok Jeong, Young Jun An
David Einarsson, Adam Wojcik
Eda Ünerden, Sude Vural, Duygu Aydemir, Merve Yıldırım, Ezgi Beyen
VITCHAPOL TAERATTANACHAI, Nicha Utenpitakkul, Atthaphan Sespattanachai, Akkarawish Naraviriyakul, Chutikan Treewattanasuwan
Metehan Gürsu, Cavad Qafarlı, Şule Karabıyıkoğlu
Anna Bormotova, Anna Kordonova, Oksana Dmitrieva
Marco Colturi, Joshua Emiliano Kirk
Federico Barillari - Luca Iob
Federico Barillari, Luca Iob
Federica Dezio, Sara Mazzol, Roberta Moneta, Greta Possi
Elena Conti, Beatrice Viotti, Alberto Cruciani, Paola Orlando, Nayem Mohammad, Laure Bertein, Tommaso Francucci, GIORGGIO ANTONIO SERNA GARCIA, Irene Chegai
Atelier David Telerman
Ricardo Bofill Taller De Arquitectura
David Chipperfield Architects Milano
Politecnico di Torino
Università degli Studi di Sassari
Camera di Commercio di Nuoro