Trans Siberian Pit Stop

The Trans-Siberan train route flows trough cultures and architectural styles, so does our project. It is marked by a zig-zagging line traced through a topological surface, and, so is our project.

Our design is an innovative extrusion of the actual Trans-Siberian route line over the Basil’s Catherdral towers. It flows and undulates to create a canopy with peak points for visibility. It is 3D-printed out of waste resin, and easily transportable. Its surface cuts are generated by the actual pit stops on the map. 
We call our project the “Route Line”, a derivation of the iconic train map that has marked the history of the region. The “Route Line” is beautiful, it marks the southern Russian border, it wiggles and turns via cities, canyons, mountains, plains, rivers; connecting people and cultures.

The concrete 3D printing technology is already here, and the plastic resin technology is developing swiftly. A house in Amsterdam called “3D print canal house” is underway by innovative builders. What great opportunity for CDS NORD developers to print the first resin architecture in the world. It would be a historic moment and great honor for the Trans-Siberian community. ​ Our project fits into the 8m x 8m footprint, has all the programmatic requirements, and rises with the location of the Basil’s towers. All 4 ribbons of the Route Line are 3D printed in a factory and assembled on site on a concrete pad. It can be detached and transported. A large digital screen on the side displays information and promotion for tourists. It also connects to other pit stops through real-time video technology.

Design principal

Selim Vural, AIA

Project team

Hazal Turgutlu

Pierre Michel Arzul