Railway station design concept visualisation (Image: 7N Architects)

UK: Edinburgh-based architectural practice 7N Architects has won a competition organised by Network Rail and the Royal Institute of British Architects to ‘reimagine’ small to medium-sized stations.

The competition attracted more than 200 entries from designers based in 34 countries.

The practice’s winning entry includes a clock tower, intended to serve as local landmark and a natural meeting place, as well as ‘elegant and refined’ platform canopies and photovoltaic panels. 7N Architects will now work with Network Rail to develop its design into a formal proposal that addresses a prescribed set of technical requirements, including a consideration of the construction methodology.

‘7N’s winning proposal showed a confident expression and understanding of the opportunity to celebrate our local identities, the specificity and integration with our urban and rural landscapes, and the strength of our national identity through our railway infrastructure’, explained Lucy Musgrave, founding director of urban design and public realm practice Publica and a member of the judging panel.