The DELV team won 2nd place in the Red Line Station Design competition, a competition facilitated by IndyGo to foster creative design solutions for the 28 rapid transit stations along Phase 1 of the Red Line Bus Rapid Transit route.
Sensing a tremendous opportunity to create a strong connection between Indianapolis’s growing suburban population and its revived urban core, we knew right away that this was a design challenge we wanted in on. We believed that the Rapid Bus Transit could become this link to expand development, increase and broaden community engagement, and launch the next chapter of our city’s thriving culture.
Scroll below for more details and the story behind our design.Our design emphasizes the “linear movement” of riders to and from the urban core. It’s Z shaped form is derived from the elevation change along the Red Line, moving from the tall heights of the cityscape connecting down to the lower heights of the suburban landscape. Its design was oriented to offer a simple and consistent way-finding mechanism; the lower, less dense glass box faces the suburban neighborhoods and the covered, more dense end faces the urban core. This give riders a quick and easy way to orient themselves on their route.
Because visual identification is cornerstone to a successful transit experience, the design utilizes a prominent LED lighted band to communicate with riders both near and far. To the local resident sitting at the adjacent cafe with friends, the band of light will change colors as it gets closer to its arrival, signally the rider to settle the check and head over to the station. To the suburban visitors exploring Indianapolis’ nightlife, it’s glow will be easily identifiable from several blocks away. And to the businessman sitting on a bench inside the station, charging his device and paying for his fare on the Red Line App, he’ll be able to glance up to the digital sign counting down the minutes to his departure.
The Z form creates the appearance of having been peeled up from the very ground on which it sits, creating a design that integrates into any environment along the Red Line. Integrated plantings offer a sustainable and organic way to speak to the contextual uniqueness of the neighborhoods the line encounters; and with its minimalist composition and use of glass, the station is unobtrusive to the inherent architectural character of its surroundings.
The station, highly accessible and fully contained, offers riders shelter from Indiana’s unpredictable weather climate (wind, sun, rain, and the pop-up hail storms!) The design uses glass surrounds to be both inviting and a safe place to wait for the next bus. The open, well-lit form makes it nearly impossible to conceal oneself in order to perpetrate nefarious acts and offers safe shelter around the city.
The design is considerate of the environmental impact of the stations in multiple ways and focuses on lessening the burden to the existing site, knowing that aged infrastructure could be encountered. The integrated, drought-tolerant plantings, both on the roof and in perimeter planters, will limit the amount of run-off shed into the storm sewer system and will add low-maintenance greenery to contribute to the city’s beautification. The low-light LED panels inside the station, create an energy efficient, well-lit space without excessive light trespass on the surrounding neighborhoodAdditionally, the station’s design minimizes ongoing maintenance and upkeep. The simple glass form, with metal panel banding and concrete base, keeps elements off the platform surrounding the station, limiting the materials’ contact with staining and/or corrosive materials such as salt which might be used during winter months to mitigate ice/snow. The concrete is inherently maintenance-free, while the metal panels require little to no regular maintenance. And the LED lighting, thanks to new long-life advancements in diode technology, will need to be replaced as infrequently as every five years.
For more about the Jury’s selection process click here.