Project Showcase: Working with Zaha

Zaha Hadid Architects created a proposal to redevelop the Vilnius Railway Station and surrounding areas. The jury awarded their concept “Green Connect” the highest ranking.

When we joined the project process, images of the building complex and the surrounding area already existed. They gave an overview of the site and illustrated its diverse uses. Therefore, we got the chance to surface the quality of the design on a different level. Our images aimed not to explain the project but to showcase specific design aspects.

We explored the digital space, testing various moods and imagining different stories happening on the location. Like street photographers, we searched for situations where everything suddenly is falling into place.

The design’s poetic qualities provided many exciting stories to follow. It was an absolute pleasure pursuing various ideas and playing with unusual scenarios. After this first research phase, we decided on two concepts to refine more deeply.

Train Station in the rain

Exterior Image: The elegantly curved roofs, overlaying in spatiality, expose the repetition of the shapes, almost like dimensions in time. The anonymous commuters are following those shapes, from left to right, right to left, day by day, like a never-ending stream of rain. But in contrast to this routine, the sun is twinkling through the clouds, creating sparkles on the reflecting surfaces. That’s the story of the couple finding shelter under their umbrella, waiting for their grandchildren’s long-desired arrival. The moment is filled with anticipation, delight, and hope for a bright future.


Interior Image: The elegant dancer is spinning around, absorbing the flowing shapes of the space. Followed by glowing light effects, the performance attracts many spectators. They are stunned by the inspiring energy, enjoying the symbiosis of the performance and the space. At first glimpse, one can almost overlook that this is a railway station passage.

The real challenge of the project was to let go of the restrictions. What if the orientation of the camera would follow human movements? What if shapes would start a dialogue? What if the perception of the space creates its own reality?
It was an honor to explore this experimental field and there is much more to encounter!

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