In Eastern Europe, railway stations have a special status: the renovation of historic buildings has been carried out according to the principles of modern architecture across the continent. A selection of stations in the region that are just as wonderful to depart from as they are to arrive at.
Čelákovice Railway Station | Czech Republic
One of the most exciting railway stations in the Czech Republic has been renovated by the Czech studio 519 design studio. The most interesting element of the reconstruction is the line of trees on the platforms, in which the trunks of the trees are defined by the load-bearing columns, the crown by the geometric elements of the roof covering, and the chairs under the trees evoke the benches of village squares. The station also has an automated bicycle parking tower in the area, which is in line with the building.
Łódź Fabryczna Railway Station | Poland
Łódź Fabryczna, renovated in 2016, is the most modern railway station in Poland. A glass roof was erected over the rebuilt station, allowing natural sunlight to reach even the lowest levels. The glass roof consists of at least ten thousand glass and metal panels that refract sunlight, providing a special environment for those waiting. In connection with the railway station, there is sometimes talk of a marriage of tradition and modernity, as the walls of the promenade evoke the architecture of the Łódź Fabryczna railway station.
Vilkaviškis Bus Station | Lithuania
Vilkaviškis is a small Lithuanian town, from which more and more people have moved to other cities due to insufficient social benefits and lack of services. The exceptional architectural solution of the railway building has made it possible to center services, small businesses and trade activities, thus helping the municipality to boost business and social life. The green belt surrounding the railway station was emphasized in terms of design, as the trees growing on the plot are integrated into the structure of the building, so that the station and its surroundings enter into symbiosis with each other.
Ivanovo Railway Station | Russia
Russia’s largest constructivist station was built in 1933 according to the plans of architect Vladimir Kaverinksi. It has since undergone three reconstructions, most recently in 2020. As a result, the station represents a mixture of two ideologically opposed but stylishly complementary art trends—avant-garde constructivism meets Soviet modernism here. Following last year’s reconstruction project, the avant-garde station building has become not only an important venue for the city’s infrastructure, but also for cultural and public events in the region.
Wrocław Główny Railway Station | Poland
One of the most beautiful areas in Poland is the neo-Gothic railway station in Wrocław and its surroundings. The building was designed by Prussian royal architect Wilhelm Grapow in the 1850s and later it was enriched with Art Nouveau features in the twentieth century. The collaboration between architecture and modern technology is the result of a reconstruction work completed in 2013 by the Warsaw Grupa 5 Architekci architecture firm. The station also has a cultural center and library, which sometimes make your waiting time easier.