Transportation as Destination: 8 Public Transit Projects

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1. Firm:
Iroje KHM Architects

Project:Garage

Location: Seoul, South Korea

Standout: At the prow of a shiplike tower clad in painted aluminum, a polycarbonate window reveals cars ascending and descending on steel lifts.


2. Firm: Castro Arquitectura

Project: Sailing Center 

Location: Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Standout: After passing the 24-foot-high alum-inum doors, vessels stand tall on both sides of the polished concrete floor.


3. Firm: Exp US Services

Project: Lambert–St. Louis International Airport, Terminal 1

Location: St. Louis, Missouri 

Standout: Updating Minoru Yamasaki Associates’s 1956 building meant skim-coating the ceiling vaults and installing color-changing LEDs around skylights.


4. Firm:
 Pfau Long Architecture

Project: James R. Herman Cruise Terminal

Location: San Francisco, California 

Standout: Glinting and glimmering like water, textured steel and tinted glass enclose a 100,000-square-foot structure dwarfed by the massive ships alongside.


5. Firm:
 NBJ Architectes

Project: Groupement d’Hélicoptères de la Sécurité Civile

Location: Saint-Gilles, France

Standout: Aluminum panels enameled the colors of the nation’s interior ministry enliven a maintenance center at the Aéroport de Nîmes Alès Camargue Cévennes.


6. Firm:
 JAAM Sociedad de Arquitectura

Project: Universidad del País Vasco bus station and garage

Location: Bilbao, Spain

Standout: A plain concrete structure for buses connecting the three campuses got a facelift in the form of a sunscreen-windscreen in aluminum and polycarbonate.


7. Firm:
 Daroff Design + DDI Architects and Sheward Partnership

Project: Philadelphia International Airport, Terminal F

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Standout: At the junction of three concourses, the oval of the information desk, molded from solid-surfacing, is echoed by the epoxy-terrazzo flooring.


8. Firm:
 Vehovar & Jauslin Architektur

Project: Bahnhof Aarau bus shelter 

Location: Switzerland

Standout: Held aloft by a biomorphic steel frame, an inflated canopy in ethylene polymer foil is printed with a bubble pattern.

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