Making Multi-Modal Transport Connections

Process—————13 October 2014

The front and back of Washington DC’s Union Station present very different faces to the city. The front is Daniel Burnham’s Beaux Arts facade, reflecting the stately-ness of the Capitol and the National Mall beyond. The back of the Station gives way to progressively newer adaptations and additions, culminating in a concrete parking structure built in the 1980s. Now, with inter-city bus traffic arriving and departing from the rear of the station, as many people pass through the rear of the station as the front. The utilitarian rear facade also opens onto the revitalized H Street corridor. H Street’s new housing, retail, and offices are now connected by DC’s first new streetcar in more than half a century.

The Union Station Redevelopment Corporation realized that an entirely new axis of travel had sprung up in the facility, a north-to-south path that winds through the Beaux Arts parterre at the front of the station to the H Street pass-over at the rear. This axis was not formalized in any way, and its signage and way-finding was almost non-existent. Users had to figure out for themselves how to navigate the maze of bus deck, corridors, escalators, stairs, and ramps to get from H Street to the heart of the station.

Studio Twenty Seven Architecture has been brought in to create a unified way-finding system that connects the H Street entrance to the main station building. The image above shows a simple handrail that functions as a linear guide threading between the bus terminal loading areas and the street car thoroughfare. It also provides playful moments of respite, where the handrail bends to become a spot to sit or lean while waiting for a bus or checking a text message.

More News

Howard University School of Architecture Visit to Studio 27

22 November 2023

Written By: Keisha Wilson, USGBC LEED AP BD+C Howard University School of Architecture program is a fully accredited architecture program for both a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and

Keep Reading

Construction is Underway on Reservoir Park at Beaverdam Reservoir

21 July 2023

Studio Twenty Seven Architecture is working with nationally recognized landscape architect Nelson Byrd Woltz to create a new park in Loudoun County, Virginia. The park is funded and constructed

Keep Reading

GeerHouse Construction Progress Phase 1

8 March 2023

This month marks the "topping out" of concrete work at Geerhouse. "Topping out" is a milestone in the construction process marking the completion of work at the highest level above grade. The

Keep Reading

Howard University Miner Building Groundbreaking Ceremony

6 February 2023

Howard University kicked off the historic Myrtilla Miner Building renovation with a groundbreaking ceremony in the building’s original lobby. When completed in 2024, the building will house the

Keep Reading

Renders vs. Reality - KIPP DC Legacy College Preparatory

9 December 2022

Renders to Reality This week, the Studio received the latest photos of our @kippdclegacycollegeprepPreparatory High School project in Washington Highlands. Thanks to our long-term

Keep Reading