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Night Light

Submitted by gruette.1 on September 01, 2009

The bus stop is a very social building type and must be designed with such responsibility in mind. New buildings in the contemporary world must fulfill multiple objectives, both stated and inherent. To be successful, the design must solve present observed problems and future unforeseen problems.

So let’s think of the bus stop in a different way, looking at its history and possible future potentials. Let’s say a brief history would be “shelter from the elements” and “modular unit construction”. But what is it today in society? How do we USE the bus stop? We can generate many more terms, such words as signage, pavilion, billboard, sculpture, beacon, and safety.

My design plays many roles simultaneously, the two most important being, safety and signage, but also culture, landscape, and icon.

The LED lighting, powered by an integrated photovoltaic system on the roof, is a beacon situated in the urban environment. The lights transform the bus stop into a safe haven at night, which is very important in a city or university setting. At the same time, the lights power the advertising signage of the bus stop.

The design is sculptural and adds to the culture of the city. A whole series of these bus stops, using multiple variations of the design, can be distributed throughout the city. The bus route is transformed into a gallery hop, as the bus goes from one stop to the next.

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