Transportation as Destination: 8 Public Transit Projects
The thrill is getting there—by road, sea, or air.<
1. Firm: Iroje KHM Architects
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Standout: At the prow of a shiplike tower clad in painted aluminum, a polycarbonate window reveals cars ascending and descending on steel lifts.
2. Firm: Castro Arquitectura
Project: Sailing Center
Location: Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Standout: After passing the 24-foot-high alum-inum doors, vessels stand tall on both sides of the polished concrete floor.
3. Firm: Exp US Services
Project: Lambert–St. Louis International Airport, Terminal 1
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Standout: Updating Minoru Yamasaki Associates’s 1956 building meant skim-coating the ceiling vaults and installing color-changing LEDs around skylights.
4. Firm: Pfau Long Architecture
Project: James R. Herman Cruise Terminal
Location: San Francisco, California
Standout: Glinting and glimmering like water, textured steel and tinted glass enclose a 100,000-square-foot structure dwarfed by the massive ships alongside.
5. Firm: NBJ Architectes
Project: Groupement d’Hélicoptères de la Sécurité Civile
Location: Saint-Gilles, France
Standout: Aluminum panels enameled the colors of the nation’s interior ministry enliven a maintenance center at the Aéroport de Nîmes Alès Camargue Cévennes.
6. Firm: JAAM Sociedad de Arquitectura
Project: Universidad del País Vasco bus station and garage
Location: Bilbao, Spain
Standout: A plain concrete structure for buses connecting the three campuses got a facelift in the form of a sunscreen-windscreen in aluminum and polycarbonate.
7. Firm: Daroff Design + DDI Architects and Sheward Partnership
Project: Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal F
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Standout: At the junction of three concourses, the oval of the information desk, molded from solid-surfacing, is echoed by the epoxy-terrazzo flooring.
8. Firm: Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur
Project: Bahnhof Aarau bus shelter
Standout: Held aloft by a biomorphic steel frame, an inflated canopy in ethylene polymer foil is printed with a bubble pattern.