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I like it alot, reminds me of a prehistoric dinasour, materials used are great and would aid in longevity and low maintenance vs. what we currently see in so many cities which are basically billboards and designed for advertising, leave that to the buses. This design blends well with the environment
Posted Jul 11, 2009 11:07 AM by Sunday

I love the design, the use of organic material. It is attractive, but yet unusual. I like the idea of greater visibility to oncoming traffic.
Posted Jul 11, 2009 11:07 AM by mert50g

It's beautiful, functional and whimisical.
Posted Jul 11, 2009 3:07 PM by tlauritzen

looks great and should be reasonable to build.
Posted Jul 11, 2009 3:07 PM by cwest

very pleasing and functional...
Posted Jul 11, 2009 3:07 PM by csmead

what does the shape achieve. it would be more costly to mass produce and to erect. to make each stop, of hundreds, out of natural stone is going to cost taxpayers a fortune. also, there is a contradiction in describing it as organic, using materials in their natural states, and then incorporating a highly processed polycarbonate sheet. it makes the project schizophrenic and without conceptual cohesion. the attempt to use natural construction and materials is noble, but is a little misguided and impractical.
Posted Jul 11, 2009 4:07 PM by kavbar

A wonderful blend of modern aerodynamics and primitive materials.
Posted Jul 11, 2009 9:07 PM by Grizzly

oh my god, a turtle on a cube :-)
Posted Jul 12, 2009 9:07 AM by cecil

Beautiful and functional with options for different locational needs
Posted Jul 12, 2009 5:07 PM by craighbr

Peaceful, comfortable and contemporary. I would enjoy waiting for public transportation here. Great imagination!
Posted Jul 12, 2009 5:07 PM by shakom

I liked the fluid lines of the design. It was pleasing,
Posted Jul 13, 2009 12:07 AM by Weets

Very nice design. I too wouldn't mind waiting for a bus under something like this
Posted Jul 13, 2009 2:07 PM by goblue

Nice use of natural materials and pleasing aesthetic.
Posted Jul 13, 2009 3:07 PM by rmcdanie

only if you can incorporate a place for advertisements, map and information...
Posted Jul 13, 2009 9:07 PM by Ethan

Nice design, but it really isn't suited too well for cold, windy winter weather.
Posted Jul 13, 2009 9:07 PM by Blutdrache

I really like the look. but it needs wi-fi, Lan, and cell phone charging ports. Plus, a heater built into ceiling to keep us warm in winter.
Posted Jul 14, 2009 4:07 PM by apenman

Very nice inviting bus stop. I like that it is set at an angle so that you can view on coming traffic.
Posted Jul 15, 2009 1:07 PM by hullander

The floor plan is implying that the bus stop is facing away form the on coming bus traffic...
Posted Jul 15, 2009 2:07 PM by Ethan

Wonderful design and am glad to have had a chance to say so!!
Posted Jul 16, 2009 7:07 PM by donna

I think its a very nice artwork, but Frank Llloyd Wright's philosophy is to have designs harmonizing with the existing site. This design can't be called "inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright" if it ignores that crucial aspect. The background isn't even the same, neither is the shape of the curved road.
Posted Jul 17, 2009 4:07 PM by Critique

what an ugly design
Posted Jul 19, 2009 7:07 AM by lisalove

there is not really a design shape, i think a turtle could be the best model for this idea :-)
Posted Jul 19, 2009 7:07 AM by constans

I don't think it's ugly actually, it looks fine for construction price. Just random and out of context.
Posted Jul 22, 2009 4:07 PM by Critique

Critique... I should explain that this bus stop was designed 7 years ago for a competition in Bloomington Indiana. The drawings and model are from then. The design was for a non-site-specific bus stop that could be placed at many different locations throughout the city (I think they had 3). Although Wright is famous for designing for the site, many of his designs were re-used or adapted for other places (Price Tower for example). He even had a series of prefab houses in the last years of his life. I feel this design could easily be adapted to any site if needed. Thanks for your input.
Posted Jul 23, 2009 3:07 AM by thewes

i like the fluidity, it must be great to work for FLW.
Posted Jul 25, 2009 3:07 PM by nigelmaj

more Bruce Goff or Bart Prince then FLW, but a decent effort none the less.
Posted Jul 29, 2009 1:07 PM by COLLECTIVE-atelier

I like dinosaurs.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 1:07 AM by Hobgoblin

The design intent feels more like a highway rest stop than an intercity bus stop.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 3:07 AM by tradarch kc

sorry thewes, but you tried to defend this design by pointing out that it was designed 7 years ago, which seems quite contradictory to the point of the competition. it is called 'next stop design'. also, you call this building organic but suggest the use of concrete shingles. come on, seriously.
Posted Jul 30, 2009 2:07 PM by kavbar

needs a better roof
Posted Jul 31, 2009 4:07 PM by yomama

This captures the essence of FLLW's organic architecture without mimickry or or pastiche. Very nice.
Posted Sep 16, 2009 2:09 AM by graystone

Great idea to turn the shelter toward the approach of the bus. You need a place for graphics, advertising, etc. The roof form is interesting with the skylight on the ridge between the two halves. The overhang at either end provide extra sheltered space. Nice.
Posted Sep 23, 2009 1:09 PM by tsquare

good effort in making a hand model
Posted Sep 24, 2009 3:09 PM by steveds

I really like this. It has a very natural feel, to me this perfectly compliments the environmental benefits of taking public transportation. I love the entire concept, especially the base having texture to aid in the deterence of graffiti. I'm personally not a fan sitting at the bus stop downtown with my family and seeing graffitti and viagra or birth control advertisements with two seven year olds wanting to know what those meds are used for. I think advertisement would take away from the designs. Good Job Thewes! I would definately sit and wait for the bus here, while relaxing at the same time.
Posted Sep 24, 2009 8:09 PM by jmpowers

After looking over the designs this one actually would fit the Salt Lake Valley the best. Realistic for a stop on a campus, urban as well as the suburban areas around the valley. I like this better than the billboard boxes in most urban settings.
Posted Sep 25, 2009 7:09 PM by Drimcynn

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Organic Bus Stop

Submitted by thewes on July 11, 2009

This project was designed a few years ago while working for a former Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice. The design encompasses the aspects of Organic Design by the use of materials in their natural states and colors and also by the structure’s fluid form.

The base of the bus stop is set at an angle to the street to allow users greater visibility of oncoming traffic. The base was designed to be either native stone or discarded concrete block pieces stacked horizontally. The theory was to create enough of a texture that it deters graffiti. Between the base columns stretches a curved bench made of wood. The wood could either be treated or a species that is naturally resistant to decay. Composite wood is also an option. The wood is a nice warm and soft contrast to the hard rough base columns. It provides comfort in the area where the user comes in contact with the structure.

Depending on the site, the bus stop might need a wind break behind the bench. This could be a clear polycarbonate panel as shown in the rendering or a wooden slat wall. The benefit to the clear polycarbonate is that it allows the user clear view of activity behind them which results in greater safety.

The roof structure is composed of two curved beams separated by a ribbon of glass. The roof is set perpendicular to the street which means that it is offset from the base. This gives the structure a sense of movement and direction. The ribbon skylight allows natural light into the structure while still providing protection from the elements. The roof itself sits above the walls on steel columns sticking out of the base. This lifts the roof up giving the appearance of it floating above the structure.

The roof was originally designed to be wood shingles. By decking the structure with treated stats, air would be allowed to flow around the shingles keeping them from rotting. This is much like old barns who still have their original wood shingles on them today. If designed correctly, maintenance should not be a problem. Another option would be concrete shingles that would keep the same look and feel yet be completely maintenance free.

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