The reddish steel structure shown here is UH architecture grad Neil Denari‘s design for the new light-rail transfer station on Main St. between Capitol and Rusk downtown, where the new East End and Southeast Lines currently under construction will intersect with the existing rail line. Besides Denari, whose firm is based in LA, 3 New York and 1 local architecture firm were invited to dream up schemes for the long open-air, 11-ft.-wide rail platform. A jury selected by Metro will pick the winning design, but Metro is still asking for rider comments on each of them.
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The lightweight canopy below is meant to turn the flow of rainwater into entertainment for waiting passengers, showing off the local rain product by funneling torrents directly into underground pipes through 6 lit-up and partially cut-out columns and 2 suspended chains. This design is from Snøhetta, the same firm with offices in New York and Oslo that’s also competing to build the next building for Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts.
From SHoP Architects: A metal-clad triple-chimney structure, spreading supports wide onto the sidewalks, and featuring Big Ass Fans mounted at the base of each vent to prime a cooling stack effect.
The design from LTL Architects features a steel frame wrapped with stainless steel panels, tilted up at 2 opposite corners to face oncoming trains:
And from Houston’s Interloop—Architecture, there’s this long canopy, covered with a mosaic of recycled highway traffic signs, and suspended over the traffic median from spider-leg-like columns perched on the sidewalks. The firm’s design also relocates the crosswalk to the middle of the block.