Craig Dykers of Norway-and-NYC architecture firm Snøhetta tells Chronicle reporter Dug Begley his firm has been working for more than a year on its own and with local contractors to lower the construction costs on his firm’s competition-winning design for Metro’s Central Station canopy — in between its work, that is, on a little reconstruction project for New York called Times Square. Snohetta’s design for a canopy made of thin layers of concrete was meant to highlight rainfall, making falling water “a feature of the design.”
Metro’s board voted last week to proceed instead with the standard station design for the transfer spot between Capitol and Rusk near where 2 new rail lines intersect the existing Main St. line, even though doing so would cost the project $600K in funding from the Downtown Management District; estimates showed building the Snøhetta design would cost an additional $514,000 beyond those funds. A timetable shown at the meeting, which includes an additional 6 months for competitive bidding for a signature station, estimates installation of Snøhetta’s design could not be completed until more than half a year after the Southeast and East End lines are scheduled to open next fall.
Reports Begley: “Dykers, a UT Austin graduate whose parents and brother live in Houston, said he still hopes a special station can be built. Officials are working on a solution, but they have only a few days to make something work.”
- Canopy designer hopeful Metro can make downtown station special [The Highwayman]
- Previously on Swamplot: How Metro Let an International Design Competition for Houston’s New Central Station Go Down the Drain, 5 Designs for Houston’s New Main St. Central Station
Renderings of proposed Central Station: Snøhetta