readings:

Norfolk train station design back to drawing board:

Nolin, Jillian. Norfolk train station design back to drawing board, PilotOnline.com. February 26, 2012

This article discusses the re-design of the new Norfolk train station.  Rail service is being restored to downtown Norfolk after a 35 year absence.  The new station design was rejected by the city residents because it did not represent them, and was just another plain train station.  They would rather design the station correctly the first time and make sure it represents them in an appropriate manner.

The Future is Arriving:

Turner, Walter R.  The Future is Arriving. https://www.highpointnc.gov/cityofhighpoint/transit/docs/TheFutureisArriving.pdf

North Carolina is the subject here, specifically, the growing success of the rail program here.  Charlotte and Raleigh both have plans for transportation centers and Wilmington and Asheville are in discussions as well.  Introducing these stations pumps up the economy in the areas where they are.

Station and Support Facility Design Guidelines User Guide:

Station and Support Facility Design Guidelines User Guide: A Supplement to the Regional Transitway Guidelines. Metropolitan Council. Feb 2012

Great article that discusses all aspects of train station design from passenger comfort to necessary engineering aspects, even down to cost.  ADA accessibility is discussed and this is an excellent article that relates directly to our project.

Signage and the Amtrak Brand:

http://www.greatamericanstations.com/planning-development/signage-and-the-amtrak-brand

Amtrak puts every passenger first and their brand identity needs to signify this as well as the trains of being strong and reliable.  Brand identity and integrity are discussed here as well as the implementation of signage within communities.

Accessible Train Station Design for Disable People: A code of Practice:

Accessible Train Station Design for Disable People: A code of Practice. The Stationery Office. November 2011

This article discusses accessibility design guidelines for station design.  Not only  ADA compliance but also lighting standards, daylight illumination, evenness of light and higher luminance rates.  These aspects create a safe environment for individuals of all abilities.

 

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Readings

BART:

Jordan, Melissa, Public gets first look at detailed concepts for BART’s Fleet of the Future, Bay Area Rapid Transit. Sept 1, 2011

BART is the Bay Area Rapid Transit authority, and they enlisted BMW Group to re-design their rail cars to better serve the public.  They proposed three different subway car designs which were voted on by the public, and as expected the final car combined excellent aspects of each car into one.  Overall the train design was user centric.

A Subway Car with Fewer Doors, but More Ways Out:

Flegenheimer, Matt, A Subway Car with Fewer Doors, but More Ways Out, The New York Times. October 20, 2013

This article discusses the pros and cons of having articulated train cars rather than individual ones.  These train cars are connected from from to back, like articulated city buses.  Pros of this design allow passengers to move freely throughout the train, crowding is diminished, and the riding experience is less stressful.  Cons of this design are gangs can patrol more freely, if a passenger gets sick, the car cannot be closed or isolated, and less security.

Starbucks cars:

SBB to open Starbucks carriage, Global Rail News. Nov. 15, 2013.

Bone, Katie, Starbucks unveils its first coffee shop on wheel, Interior Design. Dec. 2, 2013

SBB, a Swiss Train operator, partnered with Starbucks to create their first coffee car.  This is a double decker train car which features a coffee bar with seating on the lower level and table service on the upper level.  Brand identity is carried through this concept with Latte colored interiors which feature leather seating, wood table and bar tops and high quality lighting, including inverted coffee cups as table lamps.

 

 

 

 

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Post Miditerm

 

Post midterm we had a Train Car design Charette.  We broke into our crit groups and came up with a list of issues that we would need to address.  We then marked one on each list that we shared.  I also started considering furniture for my station as well as rendering styles for my final presentation.  I downloaded an app on my phone, waterlogue, which turns any picture into a watercolor.  I thought this might be a fun technique to try.  It may be too blurry though in the end.

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Train Movie (s)

For the weekend we were assigned the task of watching a movie that had a train in it.  I chose to watch the Darjeeling limited.  The movie was primarily based on a train.  A few ideas that stuck out to me were:

1-  this was a full service train traveling across India.
2- compartments were dual function, daytime seating, nighttime sleeping.  The staff changed the compartments  over during dinner.
3- meals lasted a very long time and if there were 3 in your party the staff would seat a 4th at your table to fill the seats.
4- the passenger compartment had a staff apartment at one end and bathing facilities at the other.  Passengers had to travel through these more private areas to move between cars.

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I also chose to watch the hunger games after hearing everyone speak of how fantastic the train was.

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TrainsThere was not a whole lot of this movie that took place on the train.  However, they train was over top sumptuous and very memorable.  Dark colors, rich fabrics, shiny wood, all combine to make this train very luxurious.  I would very much like to ride on this train forever!!!

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Mid term presentation

Mid term critiques went well.  Positive comments focused on the design of the building, that the residential feel helped the building integrate into the neighborhood.  The interior material selections of heart pine paneling, slate floors, and pale gray, yellow, and green works very well and relates to the Dogwood concept.  Areas that need further development are the interaction between guests and train personnel at the ticket counter.  The addition and altering of dormers on the center hall and the two wings.  The interaction of transportation, specifically buses, with the site.  The round about may not be the best situation.  A pull off, which takes buses off the street and allows them easy access back to the street would be optimal.
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Architectural Development

initial revit model, hip roof is not appropriate.

initial revit model, hip roof is not appropriate.

hip roof changed to gable roof, more appropriate, slope is low.

hip roof changed to gable roof, more appropriate, slope is low.

higher pitched roof, working better.

higher pitched roof, working better.

Front view.  Glazing seems excessive.

Front view. Glazing seems excessive.

Exterior perspective view with addition of porch on the front and reduced glazing.  The scale of the porch seems to massive for the building.

Exterior perspective view with addition of porch on the front and reduced glazing. The scale of the porch seems to massive for the building.

Perspective view with alternative shed roof on porch.  Massing seems to great for the porch.

Perspective view with alternative shed roof on porch. Massing seems to great for the porch.

Front elevation, no porch.  Shed dormer on central structure.  Evaluating the scale of windows in the gable ends as well as the two linking corridors.  Central roof feels heavy and low.

Front elevation, no porch. Shed dormer on central structure. Evaluating the scale of windows in the gable ends as well as the two linking corridors. Central roof feels heavy and low.

East / West section view showing lofted ceiling areas and clearstory windows as well as dormers.

East / West section view showing lofted ceiling areas and clearstory windows as well as dormers.

early plan looking at the dogwood concept, central core and four wings. Restrooms would be in the rear center.  Circulation seems cramped.

early plan looking at the dogwood concept, central core and four wings. Restrooms would be in the rear center. Circulation seems cramped.

plan looking at altering the interior spaces of the building.  This seems heavy and uninteresting across the facade.

plan looking at altering the interior spaces of the building. This seems heavy and uninteresting across the facade.

idea of moving splitting the spaces with connecting corridors.  Looks at the vernacular of old southern houses with dependencies and out buildings.  circulation space seems excessive.  Connecting corridors do allow for easy passage from platforms to exterior, which is a plus for traffic flow.  Need to evaluate the need for a central entry.....  Could this option work well with out it?

Exploring the idea of splitting the spaces with connecting corridors. Looks at the vernacular of old southern houses with dependencies and out buildings. circulation space seems excessive. Connecting corridors do allow for easy passage from platforms to exterior, which is a plus for traffic flow. Need to evaluate the need for a central entry….. Could this option work well with out it?

further developed plan.  Waiting area to the right and coffee shop on the left are larger in scale than previously.  Front lobby now has kiosks and additional waiting space.  Connector corridors  now contain restrooms and circulation to tracks.  This option could make for a more secure track platform.  Drawback in all traffic must enter and exit through main front doors.

Further developed plan. Waiting area to the right and coffee shop on the left are larger in scale than previously. Front lobby now has kiosks and additional waiting space. Connector corridors now contain restrooms and circulation to tracks. This option could make for a more secure track platform. Drawback in all traffic must enter and exit through main front doors.

Site plan view.  Train station is approximately 40 feet from the train tracks.

Site plan view. Train station is approximately 40 feet from the train tracks.

Architectural model incorporated into site.  The large circle is a bus turn around transportation node.  Architecture is speaking the vernacular language that I am looking for; however; also feels a little bit residential.  Exterior materials of vertical metal siding and stone may help the read more commercial.

Architectural model incorporated into site. The large circle is a bus turn around transportation node. Architecture is speaking the vernacular language that I am looking for; however; also feels a little bit residential. Exterior materials of vertical metal siding and stone may help the read more commercial.

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February 28, 2014 · 12:05 pm

Station rough sketches

Here are some rough idea sketches for exterior schemes. Some include a very rough plan or organization and some include a rough section.  My concept is Dogwood.  So like the flower, I’m envisioning a 4 part structure with a central core.  Exterior materials:  I’m thinking stone and vertical board and batten siding, maybe in metal or concrete, rather than wood.  Kind of a modern farm house, native NC vernacular language.

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