The competition brief called for a design that would create a strong identity for the tramway whilst ensuring its positive integration into the urban surroundings. The competition was organised by LuxTram, the partnership between the City of Luxembourg and the Government of the Grand-Duchy formed to develop the tramline. Of the sixteen architects that initially responded to the brief, only five were chosen to compete.
All firms will now have a further three weeks to flesh out their designs for the central portion of the tramline which includes 13 stops between Gare Centrale and LuxExpo. The designs will focus on the opportunity that the new tramline presents to enhance the cityscape through the re-organisation of public space and roads, and the creation of new street furniture.
At the beginning of March, LuxTram will review the more detailed designs submitted by each of the joint winners, and select a final winner to take forward the scheme.
Although the original tramline no longer exists, trams are part of the history of Luxembourg. Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands’ design has been inspired by city’s rich heritage of trams and public transport, as well as the country’s history in iron and steel production. The practice was able to draw its long experience in transport and public urban space projects. LDS is one of three architects invited to put forward designs for a new concourse in front of Waterloo station - the designs for which were made public last month.
"As well as radically improving public transport in Luxembourg, this is a marvelous opportunity to return the boulevards along the central spine of the city to pedestrians and active street life," says Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands partner Alex Lifschutz.
Trams continue to be widely used in European cities whilst in London two major tram projects, the West London Tram Scheme and the Cross River Tram Scheme, have been shelved. However construction has started on Edinburgh's new tram system, which is due for completion in 2011.