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April 3, 2016

LMN-designed University of Washington Station in the US opens

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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.

"The outcome is a great architectural and urban design achievement borne of many acts of imaginative and insightful civic leadership."

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.

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