The new University of Washington Station is now open for commuters in the US.
Part of the Sound Transit regional light-rail system and designed by LMN Architects, the 156,000ft² station creates a new transportation solution and provides a gateway to the University of Washington campus.
The project includes a 380ft-long train platform, which includes 100ft of underground track and a new 400ft concrete bicycle and pedestrian bridge.
The platform is accessed through escalators and elevators from a two-level glass entrance structure, while the bridge links to both levels via stairs, escalators, and ramps.
As part of the design, the transparency of the entrance structure serves as a light well and allows daylight to reach the mezzanine level.
Users can descend to the train platform and then pass through a tall, vertical circulation chamber, which features an art installation by Leo Saul Berk, Subterraneum.
LMN design partner Mark Reddington said: "The UW Station and its associated public spaces afforded a terrific opportunity to connect this complex of major campus elements and urban pathways, resulting in a civic-centered approach to rail transit within the campus community."
University of Washington’s architect Rebecca Barnes said: "LMN’s work at the University of Washington Station beautifully and intricately navigates an almost unbelievably complex urban node.
"The outcome is a great architectural and urban design achievement borne of many acts of imaginative and insightful civic leadership."
Image: The light-filled entrance structure frames views of the surrounding context, including Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains. Photo: courtesy of Kevin Scott.