Brooks + Scarpa has completed work on the 400,000-square-foot Angle Lake Transit Station in Seattle, which will serve more than 2,500 travelers each day. The mixed-use development comprises a seven-story concrete structure clad with a facade of 7,500 custom panels of blue anodized aluminum that complement the building’s undulating form.
The building’s geometrically rationalized shape draws inspiration from choreographer William Forsythe’s improvisational composition “Dance Geometry,” which sees dancers aligning their bodies with matching lines. The structure’s rounded facade is created through the connection of two curves and a series of straight lines. Responding to the sloping topography of the site, the design also includes two partially subterranean levels, and is accessible from three different street-level locations. The transportation hub accommodates 2,500 square feet of retail and a 35,000-square-foot site to the west to support future transit developments.
A third-level public plaza provides direct access to the light rail entrance, parking structure, and public streets. Outfitted to host a variety of outdoor public programming, the one-acre plaza also maintains a physical and visual connection between the project and regionally inspired artwork. Seat walls and pathways are among the pedestrian-friendly elements to the space, allowing for seamless social engagement.
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