Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in all the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all look that) I would put my finger on it and say, ‘When I grow up I will go there.’

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness


The Trans Siberian train route is not only a connection between different points. It is a sensorial climax throughout different landscape, time zones, climates, people. The travelers are in a permanent state of curiosity and appetite for new wonders to discover.The train is itself the symbol of an ever-stopping cycle, an unstoppable machine. Passengers are unconsciously absorbed by its rhythm and they loose stability, reference points. They become contemporary nomads, waiting for the train to stop in a new city where perhaps something will happen. Their goal is not to reach the end of the route: indeed what they are looking for lies in one of the stops. The feeling of loos of any anchor point pushed us to design an archetypical pavilion where few elements combined together can re-create a comfortable and almost domestic atmosphere. Simple vertical modules, roof and fireplace are the basic elements that constitute the cylindrical volume.

The pavilion is displayed around a circular plan. A fireplace stands in the center of the space. It provides light and heat and due to its archetypal idea it tends to create good conditions for social interactions, relax, rest. Beside this, the fireplace also has a structural role since it’s a point where all the beams of the roof connect, creating an expressive addition to the interior. Its simple and solid appearence is emphazinig the connection wall-roof.

The fireplace becomes from outside an attractive element that invites the travellers to step in. The peculiarity of this element is a evident symbol that can be recognized in every station along the route. The interior space is free from any kind of division. Only the toilet and the storage are enclosed spaces for practical reasons and are placed on the two sides of the entrance. Visitors are free to spontaneously occupy the space, gravitating around the fireplace.


location: Trans Siberian Railway Route
team: Jacopo Abbate, Martina Mitrovic
year: 2017

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