Bus Shelter

How can we reinvent the stereotype of a bus shelter?

Raleigh, North Carolina  |  Competition Entry

Typically, bus shelters consist of an enclosure for protection from the elements and a poured concrete slab to provide a standing surface. The sheltered garden reinvents this stereotype as a pocket park, able to be inserted in new or existing conditions to enrich the cityscape and improve the passenger experience by integrating a large bench, information and advertisement panels, trash receptacles, handicap accessibility, and native grass and plantings. The shelter is an undulating surface composed of a translucent fiberglass roof with perforated cor-ten steel panels below. It takes formal cues from the dilapidated agricultural structures that dot the North Carolina countryside. Like a leaf canopy over a forest, the shelter filters light and diverts water into the garden below. This sustainable approach allows for better storm water management with gravel recharge areas and plants to filter toxins out of rain water runoff. 

H I G H L I G H T S 

• Sustainable storm water management
• Use of native grass and plantings
• Simplified construction sequence to allow for use in new or existing conditions