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nice trees
Posted Sep 08, 2009 2:09 PM by Ethan

nice approach to the site. good luck! ;)
Posted Sep 10, 2009 6:09 AM by andrew.pun

Nice graphics. This captures the essence of organic architecture
Posted Sep 22, 2009 2:09 AM by graystone

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Site Specific Shelter

Submitted by smardon on September 08, 2009

*How should we respond to something that already exists? *

I chose to evaluate the Campus Center Dive’s current bus stop shelter through site examination together with a revisiting of the fundamental intent of a bus stop shelter.

*The current shelter is structurally sound, however it (1) is physically removed from the actual bus stop pickup, (2) remains cramped, and (3) has limited seating. *

In order to make right these issues, I observed the site for answers. My initial response was to remedy the current shelter, but since a bus cannot stop on a street curve, I decided to bring the shelter as close as possible to the bus pickup. I noticed the strip of grass right in front of the the bus stop sign was worn from waiting passengers. Since the entire length of the of grass has been worn, and because historically waiting passengers would prefer personal space together with a view to see oncoming busses, I decided to design a linear shelter on this strip of grass. In order to lessen the shelter’s footprint, I incorporated the existing trees in the shelter’s plan. Lastly, because the current shelter provided only limited seating, which in turn became cramped when more than a few waiting passengers were present, I designed seating that would undulate to create clusters. These seats would accommodate single passengers as well as groups of passengers simultaneously.

The extruded undulation of the seats also double as lateral strength for the south wall and the cantilevered canopy. The south wall provides voids for both views and ventilation, while the use of concrete is utilized to provide protection and to create a heat-sink to waiting passengers. As a result of the south facing wall, the concrete will shade and absorb heat by day, while releasing heat by night. The shelter is only partially fully cladded in glass due to Salt Lake City’s weather. January is the coldest month of the year; with an average temperature of 29.1 °F (-1.6 °C), cladding the shelter entirely would cause the shelter to overheat during the majority of the shelter’s usage. This shelter would book-end the existing shelter, which I propose not to be demolished but rather to be fitted to shelter bicycles and house a university emergency telephone post.

Fundamentally, a bus stop shelter must provide comfort for waiting passengers. Using opportunities and clues derived from the site, my response is: The Site Specific Shelter. A shelter detailed for Campus Center Drive, Utah.

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