Transit Shelters

April, 2003

Design-Lab

FIRST PLACE COMPETITION ENTRY ANDREW WATKINS, JEREMY MUNN & JOSHUA CAMPBELL. SPONSORED BY MACPHAIL ARCHITECTURAL COLLABORATIVE [DEMIOS] OF BELMONT MA, APRIL 2003.

Kit-of-Parts Theory:

Our design process began by engaging aspects of the existing infrastructural network of the bus system itself, in a systematic way, using analogous materials, as well as creating a spatial-conceptual experience of riding the bus itself.  Built with a minimalist approach, adding as little as possible, our architectural incisions are suspended from the ground using tension-cable armatures for structural support and horizontal components cantilevered from the bus power poles using the same tectonic, which is suspending the electric network above.

Site Analysis/Experiential Process:

A rigorous process mapped essential vertical experiential elements of the entire project site inspired a series of photographic representations taken from the bus at a consistent reference point for each transit stop. The photos captured the sensation of a person moving through the site at 30-miles an hour, using a four-second exposure.  These spatial images were analyzed and digitally altered using a color theory formula, which extracted the brightest, most vibrant colors to the foreground and suppressed the darker to the background.  Extrapolated and rendered sculpturally, the results form the respective rear wall of each shelter, creating a unique visual and phenomenological element as part of the bus rider’s everyday experience.

End Product:

The architectural language of our shelter is an abstract and tangible experiential expression of what a person riding this route observes during the progression of their journey along Trapelo Road.  Our minimalist structures capitalize upon the very infrastructure to which they are attached and pay homage in order to best fit the site and be unobtrusive within their existing surroundings.