Grimshaw and Gruen win Union Station commission

Grimshaw / Gruen Via The Source

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has selected L.A.’s Gruen Associates and London’s Grimshaw Architects to design the new master plan for Union Station in . The pair was awarded with the commission over some of the biggest names in the profession, such as Norman Foster and Renzo Piano (view the other five fantastical proposals here). They will transform the historic 1939 station and its surrounding 40 acres into a world-class, 21st century transportation hub that will host the future high-speed rail system that plans to connect L.A. and San Francisco.

The master planning process could take as little as 24 months. No surprise, considering both Gruen and Grimshaw have a great amount of experience with transit related projects. Gruen recently worked with Metro on the first phase of the Expo Line, while Grimshaw has extensive resume in Europe and is involved with the forthcoming Fulton Street Transit Center in Lower Manhattan, which is planned for completion in 2014.

Reference: The Source, Los Angeles Times

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Grimshaw and Gruen win Union Station commission" 20 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Albert Lopez

    I don’t know how I missed this, but if this was their best proposal, than I consider it a travesty for the urban framework of not only the Alameda/Sunset crossing, but also for the historic plaza which it dwarfs and breaks off from the rest of the city (granted not the best of dichotomies, but an understandable urban contrast for the native Angeleno). In this city of urban megastructures (freeways, et al) I can see what they are referencing, but now in the form of an inhabitable structural ribbon, but come on!!!!! Is it a valid archetype or structural form in the urban mosaic that is downtown? And what about the sight lines between the station, the court house, and city hall, our most imposing landmark of city government, and without a doubt, the edifice on which the civic center/plaza/transportation hub have revolved around since the mid 1930′s? If they want to shift this urban focal point to the station, I applaud that decision since transportation infrastructure is what Los Angeles should be known about in the future, but not in such a crude fashion with a great wall. You can’t just build any form in LA. After a century and a half of major architectural construction in the downtown area (not to mention the ghost of a Spanish colonial core which IS present) future architects in this city (and those irrespective cosmopolitan starchitects that were in vogue during the past decade of architectural travesty) will have to seek further in what is the native tradition of Architecture of Los Angeles, and what can coexist with the historical (while in NO WAY being historicist or overtly referential so as to make it a post-modern revival).