UNStudio and EE&K, a Perkins Eastman company, along with Jacobs Engineering have submitted a proposal to develop a masterplan of Los Angeles Union Station.
Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, along with Jonathan Cohn of EE&K, presented their 'Vision Board' - a conceptual rendering in the year 2050, showing Los Angeles Union Station as a multi-modal transit hub with a mix of uses, new development and outdoor spaces. The intent of the Vision Board was to explore visionary possibilities for Union Station and the surrounding areas. The vision submitted does not portray the final design issues that will be examined in the masterplan, however it does show a hint of the possibilities for the city and the regional transit hub of the future.
The masterplan will be developed by an integrated team with UNStudio leading on architecture, EE&K leading on large scale design, and Jacobs leading on rail and infrastructure engineering. One of the six teams to finalise for this submission will be selected at the end of June to undertake a 24-month masterplan.
The conceptual launch pad for the design of the 'vision' for the L.A. Union Station masterplan was focused on integrating the transit experience with new outdoor park spaces, providing a much sought after amenity in downtown L.A. At a large scale, the vision creates a green loop that includes plans for the revitalisation of the L.A. river and possible park extensions connecting Union Station across the 101. Key to the future architectural development of the site is the maximum preservation of the historic Union Station building and gardens. City and regional transit will be given the stage, with a focus on increased ridership and transit connections, as well as considerations for the introduction of high-speed rail.
A uniquely programmed urban park with large-scale open spaces, extending the ideas of the existing historic courtyards, is envisioned as being integrated into the transit experience. The introduction of a vertical, layered strategy for the transit programme show the possibility of an open-air station that takes advantage of city's light and climate, creating a distinctly L.A. response to the future of this important transit hub.