Union Station Bicycle Transit Center, DC / by KGP design studio

Union Station Bicycle Transit Center, DC / by KGP design studio

KGP design studio shared with us their project, the Bicycle Transit Center, which is strategically located in the heart of DC at Columbus Plaza. The approximately 1,750 sf. structure is devided into two areas; Bicycle Parking and Retail, including: Bicycle Rental, Repair and Retail Accessories. More images and texts from the architects follow the break.

Union Station Bicycle Transit Center, DC / by KGP design studio

The facility will include the following program elements: Secure Parking for 150 bikes; Exterior Parking for 40 bikes; Changing Room; Locker Storage Area – 40
Retail Store – 450sf; Storage – 50sf.

The centers prominent location provides the opportunity to reach the larger public realm. Over time the Center will be a catalyst to stimulate bicycle use and alternative transportaion means as an extension to the existing transit modes at Union Station.

Union Station Bicycle Transit Center, DC / by KGP design studio

Design Issues
The adjacent vehicular and pedestrian circulation placed demands on the footprint of the structure and it’s location. Occasional bus access to the parking
structure to the north required that the site accommodate two north south access lanes west of the portico as well as the proposed (BTC). Just as significant were the approach vistas to Union Station from Massachusetts Ave and Columbus Plaza. The West Portico of the station accommodates major entries to the station as well as contains the metro entrance and retail functions. Locating the structure to minimize obstruction to these vistas at the West Portico. Ideally, maintaining a comfortable separation between the structures would allow the new facility to compliment Union Station while maintaining its integrity.

Union Station Bicycle Transit Center, DC / by KGP design studio

Design Approach
The Bicycle Transit Center is a peripheral extension to Union Station presenting a new choice of transportation options for its users. As such it should be seen as peripheral design component to the station, separating and differentiating the center from its predecessor in order to maintain the integrity of the historic Union Station. While “differentiating” itself from Union Station itself, the Center merges with its surroundings adapting the vocabulary of the bronze portals and “colonnades” of lamps on First Street and the building’s periphery.

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