graft architects: 'chicago union station'
 
graft architects: 'chicago union station' graft architects: 'chicago union station'
apr 08, 2009

graft architects: 'chicago union station'

chicago union station by graft, 2008 image © graft architects

‘chicago union station’ by german architectural firm graft will treat the user group as two: the traveler and the inhabitant. the traveler has a destination, a purpose, a need to get through the process as efficiently as possible. the penetration into the site will be minimal; the tickets purchased en route, the space and time between the city and the outbound areas are optimized. the personal vehicle becomes the station, the station merely an access point; a promise to distant possibilities.

the inhabitant seeks an extended stay; the coffee shop, the sunday morning market, life anchored to the city. the station becomes a rock jutting out of a raging river. the place of the inhabitant is at the center of the chaos, a place to better experience the city, a place to relax, a place to watch the chaos unfold. a space reserved for those staying, hot for those leaving.

the station serves as infrastructure for the city. it’s not a singular building, a place confined by boundaries. the interface with the city is blurred, inside and outside undefined. the building becomes a neighborhood.

image © graft architects

image © graft architects

image © graft architects

image © graft architects

image © graft architects

image © graft architects

image © graft architects

time: 2008 location: chicago, IL., U.S.A.

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