Californistation

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This studio focused on the design of a high-speed rail station for California in downtown Los Angeles, while harnessing the density and lack of a central void characterized by the hypostyle hall. Crucial to this was the definition of the contemporary inhabitable column - the columns mediate between planometric differences demanded by the station's infrastructural program, navigating the transition between the primary transportation vectors of rail and automobile. As a multi-modal transportation knot, this station will be a point of convergence for train, automobile and pedestrian traffic. Here, connections at the intersections of these columns allow for the creation of a variety of inhabitable space within the hollow columns, while circulation systems and points of release punctuate the user experience as one enters the void figures in between columns. While the project lacks clear spatial procession as do most transportation nodes, its use of subtle repetition and semi-transparent fibre glass skin allow it to be experienced not as singular architectural object, but as public space.

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2011
Yale School of Architecture
Greg Lynn Advanced Studio