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Redesigning Berkeley Bart Station
This speculative project reimagines street-level access to the Berkeley Bart Station, an important transportation hub. While taking a Landscape Architecture class at UC Berkeley, we were given a design brief to redesign the old rotunda entrance that had remained there since the station was built in the 1960's. The hulking structure was dark and foreboding, and I chose to bring light and nature into the busy, urban infrastructure. The concept takes inspiration from two important eras in Berkeley's past: its former life as productive farmland and its more recent history of political activism and hippie idealism.
Birds eye view of downtown Berkeley3D Rendering of Bart Station
The central plaza features a glass greenhouse over the main entrance. A vertical terrarium stands between the escalators and extends from the roof to the station below. The inner skeleton is based on a map of the neighborhood from 1878, when it was predominantly agricultural farm land. The interior scaffolding doubles as the watering infrastructure for a hydroponic system, growing soil-free plants that allow for maximum light filtration into the station below.
Bart Station mock p3D detail viewTillandsia air plants
The entire programme includes added greenspace and a food shed, improving the quality of life for commuters, students, and residents in the area. Central Street runs between the UC campus and the Bart station, acting as a major passageway. It would be closed off to car traffic, allowing bike lanes and pedestrian paths to meander through a community garden. Managed by volunteers and students, the produce grown would be available free of charge to anyone experiencing food insecurity.
Materials usedSide viewPlan view