Union Station Bicycle Transit Center / KGP design

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Architects: KGP design
Location: Washington D.C,
Project area: 1,750 sq. ft.
Photographs: Courtesy of KGP design

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At the cusp of a livable cities movement, this facility is a highly visible catalyst promoting bicycle use and alternative transportation options by providing secure parking, rental, and retail uses. At the doorstep of Washington’s major transportation hub, Union Station, the sleek veiled form reflects the technology of its contents while complimenting its eminent Beaux Art neighbors.

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Echoing a bicycle wheel’s elegance and efficiency, arched steel tubes are stabilized by a series of “spokes” or stainless steel tie rods in order to lighten up the structure. An energy efficient “skin” optimizes transparency while further moderating temperature. Further minimizing heat gain, denser graduated ceramic frit low-e glazing, opens up progressively to views of the plaza level.

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Cite: "Union Station Bicycle Transit Center / KGP design" 06 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=108514>
  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    The form is cool…

  • alito

    I have seen this in person and it is refreshing in the context of most DC. The diagrams are great and logical.

  • mima

    Looks like the architect has focused on the envelope and its details but didn’t care too much about plan layout and user comfort. It looks too packed, just thinking of rush-hour..

  • Retriever

    It’s so Calatrava’s style…