130th STREET STATION Bellevue, WA Opening: Spring 2023
Thanks to the firm’s broad experience with transit, the technical issues on this light rail station were quickly resolved, but the design took a new direction halfway through documenting the project.
Rejecting the rusting steel enclosures of the initial design proposals as too industrial-looking, community reviewers wanted the station to express a more naturalistic tone, in keeping with a waterway restoration project at nearby Goff Creek. Redesigned to use pre-cast, colored concrete panels inset with varying river rock, the entry stations resemble a dry creek bed. Polycarbonate lenses covering voids cast into the panels provide additional visual interest, as if light were reflecting off of moving water. Rain-chains made of taut chain and splash cups add a degree of delight and whimsy.
The reworked design details met and updated transit standards, with several details possibly incorporated into future Sound Transit projects. The firm’s design collaboration and agility in executing a design solution that was compatible with community sympathies ensured the project’s success.
Transportation station will support broader goal of creating a vibrant, walkable mixed-use neighborhood in the area
Two 400' platforms
11,600 SF (station area) CLIENT -Sound Transit ARCHITECT OF RECORD -Tiscareno Associates LEAD DESIGNER -LMN Architects