- Year: 2009
- Collaborators:Luis García Cuadri, Álvaro Torres Márquez
- Structures:SYTEC SL
- Facilities:Ingeniería Vargas
- Technical Architect:Enrique A. Gómez Mata
We propose a complete separation between pedestrian and bus circulation, prioritizing the pedestrian circulation and organizing the terminal so that the building functions as a filter between them.
We try to generate a unique environment for the user: a platform with relationship and intimate spaces enveloped in an atmosphere almost exclusively defined by the particular quality of light passing through the object.
The terminal is proposed as an autonomous and luminous object: a large, light roof, dematerialized, which folds to the ground, under which both waiting areas associated with gardens as well as the terminal building are located, treated with the same cladding, forming another fold.
We seek a terminal that is different from the usually dark stations, as it lets light pass through: translucent polycarbonate roof plates, and galvanized perforated steel sheet cladding on all sides.
Along with these general characteristics of the project, we highlight other characteristics that seek to reduce the impact of the project in its environment, looking to build a proposal with a simple, functional, spacious image, economical and ecological:
- Light building (metal structure), 100% recyclable, and easily adaptable to new needs, in designing the interior elements as furniture.
- Search for "zero maintenance", using materials and exposed construction elements with no added finishes, with a galvanized, perforated sheet cladding that has several functions: provide spaciousness to the proposal (allows a "veiling" of the different environments designed, integrating and separating them simultaneously), security, solar protection, and economy in construction, maintenance and future recycling.
- Elimination of harmful elements in construction, such as PVC (polypropylene sanitation, synthetic rubber roof drainage, and cables without halogens), and synthetic paints and varnishes without VOCs.
- Reuse of stormwater for garden irrigation, with a concrete cistern to store water collected from the roof and other drains in the garden areas, which feature native deciduous species, used as solar protection in summer in the most exposed areas (south and west).
- The asphalt at the access area contains rubber from recycled tires.