Manni Group and YAC–Young Architects Competitions launch Xi’An Train Station, a competition of ideas to design a new rail terminal that will define the meeting point between East and West in the city where the famous Terracotta Army was found.


China,it is not just a geographical horizon but also an oneiric horizon as well. China is a country of legends and ancient mysteries and spirits. While Rome was tracing the first signs of Western civilization, in the East the third dynasty of a thousand-year old empire was declining.

For centuries, the city of Xi’An has been the heart of the East and the residence of thirteen emperors’ dynasties. It has been a firm and stark heart pulsating with ruins and restorations, splendors and following declines. For 3,500 years, this heart has been expanding and contracting according to the rhythm of the events of the Middle Kingdom.

Xi’An is majestic and evasive. To this date, it is a wealth of treasures and sublime contradictions. Here, ancient and contemporary elements seem to compete for the soul of the city. In Xi’An stone dragons provide counterpoint to neon signs and paper lanterns guard the thresholds of glass skyscrapers. Xi’An is tireless and adaptable to the needs of the times. By 2030, this city will experience an expansion of more than 17km2. This is the outcome of a measure that has been implemented by the central government of Beijing. It aims at maintaining the city as the hub of the relationships between China and the Western world.

A new rail terminal will define the meeting point between East and West. It will be located at the end of the Silk Road. For centuries, generations of geographers and merchants had considered this place the most remote destination. This new rail terminal will be at the crossroads of the old and the new, the Yin and the Yang of the opposite poles that generate the future of human society on a daily basis.

Here, millions of roads will intersect. Millions of journeys will start and end. Millions of lives, expectations and hopes will meet in the frantic and unaware atmosphere of travel-related places. This is because a station is more than a simple railroad platform, travelling is more than an experience. After all, the journey is the most real and genuine metaphor for the human condition.


  • 1st PRIZE 10,000 €
  • 2nd PRIZE 6,000 €
  • 3rd PRIZE 3,000 €
  • MENTION – Dow Chemical; It will be awarded to the projects that specifically focus on the building’s energy performance  2,000 €
  • MENTION – Renolit; it will be awarded to the projects that include extremely valuable architectural solutions regarding the design of flat roofs 2,000 €
  • MENTION – RockWool; it will be award to the projects that focus on the building’s life cycle 2,000 €


09/23/2019: “early bird” registration – start
10/20/2019 🙁 11.59 pm GMT) “early bird” registration – end

10/21/2019: “standard” registration – start
11/17/2019: (11.59 pm GMT) “standard” registration – end

11/18/2019: “late” registration – start
12/15/2019: (11.59 pm GMT) “late” registration – end

12/19/2019: (12.00 pm – midday – GMT) material submission deadline

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