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Real output growth forecast for China's construction industry in 2021, according to GlobalData


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In pictures

Chybik + Kristof Architects have completed the restoration of Zvonarka bus terminal in Brno, Czech Republic. The project is the result of a ten-year campaign, initiated by the architects in 2011, to redesign the decaying structure while preserving its Brutalist heritage and creating a new transport hub that contributes to positive social change in the city.

Akin to the Hotel Praha and Transgas buildings in Prague, Brno’s Zvonarka Central Bus Terminal, built in 1988, has long been considered one of the notable remaining examples of the Czech Republic’s Brutalist architectural heritage.

Paying homage to the original building’s architect Radúz Russ, Chybik + Kristof chose to expose the station’s characteristically raw Brutalist structure, contrasting its angularity with an organic wave that mirrors the seamless flow of vehicles and passengers. Following the original square floorplan, they reconfigured the main hall as an open structure with no walls.

“Demolitions are a global issue,” explains co-founding architect Michal Kristof. “Our role as architects is to engage in these conversations and demonstrate that we no longer operate from a blank page. We need to consider and also work from existing architecture – and gradually shift the conversation from creation to transformation.”

The original condition of Zvonarka bus terminal before restoration

Brno’s Zvonarka Central Bus Terminal after the restoration

Zvonarka bus terminal is one of the country’s major transportation hubs