The design for the Ottawa LRT stations will be shown below. In this post, there will be the inspiration for the Ottawa design, then some initial Ottawa designs both at the surface and in the tunnel sections.
In following posts, there will be the detailed station design and layout and approaches to the Tunney’s, Bayview, and LeBreton Stations. Finally, there will be the Rideau Station and Hurdman.
So stow your tables, put your seat backs upright, buckle up, here we go:
Interior decorators call it the “inspiration shot”, the picture of some other project that captures some of what we want to emulate. The above and next shot are of Brentwood Station in Vancouver. Note the wooden ceiling, curved steel building frame, glass panel railings with aluminum trim. Only the laminated wooden beams with contrasting steel segments are quite different from what is proposed for Ottawa.
The above Vancouver shot shows the elevated guideway and station platform above the ground level mezzanine, the use of large-ish interior voids and lengthy sight lines that promote a feeling of well being and subjective safety.
Notice that in both the examples shown above there is a portion of the central roof that is open to the sky. These are not fully enclosed spaces. Similar designs are proposed for Ottawa. I trust they will work in our colder and hotter climate.
Here are some of the Ottawa design considerations. First, the roof ( like the Vancouver inspirations) is a free form curve, offering a central open skylight or occulus to let in light and air. The solid roof to the south is angled to block the summer sun; but open at the lower roof-come-wall sections to let in the winter sun. The “opposite” or north side of the station is glazed wall, letting in light but deflecting breezes.
In Ottawa, winds are a major concern. The prevailing cold winter winds are from the northwest. The design blocks them by glazing and the roof enclosure. The prevailing summer breezes, generally welcome, are allowed to blow into the station. The stations are shelters but not indoors. Nonetheless, there will be motion-activated space heating providing some “hot spots” in the waiting areas, and the benches will be heated in winter to avoid numb bums.
Put the solar and wind factors together, marry them to the curvilinear station building shape, and then make the ceiling say “Ottawa!”. In this shot of the surface station proposed for Hurdman, the north wall to the left is glazed; the south wall to the right is open air. The wooden ceiling panels are suspended between a grid of metal diamonds. The wall pillars are dynamic V-shapes. The exterior roof treatment will be metal. This is the Ottawa vocabulary for the whole LRT system. This is a centre platform station, the preferred configuration for our system.
I think there is a distinct design similarity to the proposed Lansdowne Park stadium shape and wood cladding. The bulgey shape also reminds me of the new Congress Centre. The V-shaped supporting steel pillars in the Ottawa plans remind me of the Ottawa airport.Is this City at risk of having a coherent Federal design vocabulary (neo-gothic, green roofs) and an actual City design vocabulary expressing itself in the Congress Centre, Lansdowne Park, Airport and soon the dozen LRT stations?
For the underground stations at Downtown (west) and (east) and Rideau Street, the design is modified to fit the tunnel shape. This is also a centre platform design, with access mezzanines above the tracks.
Coming up next: the Tunney’s Pasture station design, access, transfer opportunities, and neighborhood integration.