Archinect - News 2017-09-20T00:14:05-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150019326/la-s-union-station-is-getting-a-multi-billion-dollar-makeover LA's Union Station is getting a multi-billion dollar makeover Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-25T15:16:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:16:43-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zz/zzghc085kf152d69.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zz/zzghc085kf152d69.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zz/zzghc085kf152d69.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/zz/zzghc085kf152d69.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>When built, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/55118/union-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Union Station</a> was called the "Last of the Great Railway Stations." Designed by&nbsp;father and son team John and Donald B. Parkinson, the landmark opened in 1939 at a time when railway service was already beginning to wane. Combining Art Deco, Spanish Colonial, and Mission Revival styles, the site has perhaps become better known for its beauty as an architectural gem&mdash;it has starred in movies such as&nbsp;<em>Blade Runner</em>&mdash;than for being a site of major transport despite its designation as the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/gh/ghdg8rzpjgtjvy5z.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/gh/ghdg8rzpjgtjvy5z.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cy/cytzokw3xu9k26xo.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cy/cytzokw3xu9k26xo.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/tq/tqcmd668qviy0hwg.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/tq/tqcmd668qviy0hwg.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>However, Los Angeles' population continues to grow, more and more people are ditching cars, and a high-speed rail line is potentially on the horizon, all of which are expected to cause patronage of the station to explode by 2040. In preparation for the expected growth, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112334716/grimshaw-gruen-s-l-a-union-station-master-plan-approved-for-implementation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Metro has been working on a massive master plan</a> alongside <a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/grimshaw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for the 78-year old transit hub. Visions for its future include...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019094/redevelopment-of-detroit-s-michigan-central-station-slowly-gaining-momentum Redevelopment of Detroit's Michigan Central Station slowly gaining momentum Alexander Walter 2017-07-24T13:54:00-04:00 >2017-07-26T18:22:49-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lb/lb95m2ezjfp5xiqm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lb/lb95m2ezjfp5xiqm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lb/lb95m2ezjfp5xiqm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/lb/lb95m2ezjfp5xiqm.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Talk about redeveloping the long-vacant Michigan Central Station in Detroit's Corktown area heated up again Thursday during an announcement about this year's Detroit Homecoming, which will hold the first significant private event in the 104-year-old train station since the mid-1980s. [...] "(Redevelopment of) the depot is going to take a marathon, but we're not at the beginning of the race, we're a few miles into it," said Matthew Moroun, whose father, Matty, bought the building in 1995.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"I said, 'there's one thing: Every time I read a damn national story about Detroit, there's a picture of the train station with the holes in the windows as the international image of the city's decline,'"&nbsp;Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is quoted saying, recalling his conversation with billionaire businessman &mdash; and the building's owner &mdash;&nbsp;Matthew Moroun.&nbsp;"I said, 'I want you to put windows in the train station. And if you do that, everything else will be just fine.'"</p> <p>Renovation costs for the 104-year-old train station &mdash; once the tallest rail station in the world and the city's pride but sitting vacant and in an increasingly derelict state since Amtrak service ceased in 1988 &mdash; are estimated to exceed $100 million.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150012132/new-uk-train-station-got-their-math-inspiration-wrong New UK train station got their math inspiration wrong Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-12T17:14:00-04:00 >2017-06-13T11:46:16-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/md/mdzvv3sf84vnsexo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/md/mdzvv3sf84vnsexo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/md/mdzvv3sf84vnsexo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/md/mdzvv3sf84vnsexo.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Conway confirmed what several mathematicians have noticed since the station&rsquo;s unveiling: the pattern on the fa&ccedil;ade follows the logic not of Conway&rsquo;s Life but of Wolfram&rsquo;s Rule 30, a different cellular automaton identified by the computer scientist Stephen Wolfram.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://www.atkinsglobal.com/en-GB/projects/cambridge-north-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Atkins designed</a> &pound;50m&nbsp;Cambridge North <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/170406/train-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">railway station</a>, a 4,843 sq ft building with three platforms and parking, opened this May.<br>Its aluminum <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/34080/facade" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fa&ccedil;ade</a>&nbsp;was inspired by The Game of Life, a cellular automaton that a British mathematician John Horton Conway developed in 1970. Conway, nevertheless, claims that he does not recognize his work in the architecture of the station.&nbsp;<br><br><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/gq/gq2kactvtos619gu.jpg"><br><br>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s not mine,&rdquo; the mathematician said of the pattern. &ldquo;I have had an influence on Cambridge, but not apparently on the new railway station.&rdquo;</p> <p>As a 2015&nbsp;<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jul/23/john-horton-conway-the-most-charismatic-mathematician-in-the-world" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Guardian profile of Conway</a>&nbsp;put it, &ldquo;the Game of Life demonstrates how simplicity generates complexity, providing an analogy for all of mathematics, and the entire universe."</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/141376057/preview-unstudio-s-new-arnhem-central-station-opens-tomorrow Preview: UNStudio's new Arnhem Central Station opens tomorrow Justine Testado 2015-11-18T18:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-18T12:10:53-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rg/rg8fx2d4ea46clqq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rg/rg8fx2d4ea46clqq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rg/rg8fx2d4ea46clqq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/rg/rg8fx2d4ea46clqq.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>After 19 years, the Arnhem Central Station masterplan will finally be complete with the public opening of the new transfer hall tomorrow. Since&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1138/unstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> won the competition in 1996, the journey to construct the urban development in the Dutch city of Arnhem was an arduous one filled with&nbsp;&ldquo;an enormous amount of setbacks and disasters&rdquo;, as principal Caroline Bos commented during a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140021505/building-a-collaborative-practice-caroline-bos-of-unstudio-lectures-at-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent public lecture</a>. The station is a meeting point for six modes of transportation and it accommodates about 55,000 travelers every weekday.</p><p>Collaboratively designed by UNStudio and <a href="http://archinect.com/arupassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a>, the new transfer hall has an extensive program that includes multiple above-ground levels consisting of local and regional bus terminals, taxi stands, service areas and corridors linked to train platforms, office and retail spaces, and a spacious entrance lobby. Bicycle storage and vehicle parking is also available both above and below ground level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5b/5bk66kxcwgd03ntn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iqkb7r6m9rg7xfbt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1q/1qjhlloz34fwt2tt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2x/2xubjts80c20c5d9.jpg"></p><p>A key aspect of the terminal's design was to enable passengers to move as s...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/126717784/the-new-2-5-billion-plan-to-rebuild-the-historic-penn-station The new $2.5 billion plan to rebuild the historic Penn Station Alexander Walter 2015-05-04T15:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-13T22:55:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ku/ku56oy7x9lcidxrt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ku/ku56oy7x9lcidxrt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ku/ku56oy7x9lcidxrt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ku/ku56oy7x9lcidxrt.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It's been over 50 years, but for many, the destruction of Charles Follen McKim's original Pennsylvania Station still stings (hey, even Mad Men mourned its passing). But now, there is a hopeful (if improbable) plan from Richard W. Cameron&mdash;principal designer at Atelier &amp; Co&mdash;to bring back the civic jewel of a long-gone New York. According to Traditional Building's's Clem Labine, Cameron's plan has three main goals [...]."</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87033/penn-station" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/122068728/mecanoo-s-newly-opened-delft-train-station-hall-stays-true-to-its-city-roots Mecanoo's newly opened Delft train station hall stays true to its city roots Justine Testado 2015-03-03T21:46:00-05:00 >2015-03-05T20:30:23-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ea/eapvlyxzrc6q300o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ea/eapvlyxzrc6q300o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ea/eapvlyxzrc6q300o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/ea/eapvlyxzrc6q300o.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>Six years after the project was first announced, Delft's new railway station hall opened its doors to the public this past Saturday. Designed by native Dutch firm Mecanoo, the new building purposefully nods to its cultural roots so that visitors arriving at the station will know from the get-go that they are in Delft indeed.</p><p>The station hall, which is the first phase of the development, is built above a new train tunnel that will replace an old 1965 concrete viaduct by 2017. Amsterdam/Aachen-based Benthem Crouwel, who worked on the Rotterdam Centraal Station, designed the station's below-ground platforms.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qq/qqn80vsbpew0krpk.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/wc/wcvytzrf72m4pqv7.jpg"></p><p>With Francesco Veenstra as design lead, Mecanoo focused on balancing Delft's rich history with its present and future for their design concept. As expected, the Delft Blue color scheme is rampant throughout the building's exterior and interior.</p><p>The building's outer fused-glass skin was designed to "reflect the Dutch skies" and features a lens-like sphere pattern that refers to a commo...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/117731927/an-ode-to-the-old-penn-station-where-travelers-entered-the-city-like-a-god An ode to the old Penn Station, where travelers "entered the city like a god" Alexander Walter 2015-01-06T13:40:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T22:28:28-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d9721d1466c9a09b3170b4354c1dbe6?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d9721d1466c9a09b3170b4354c1dbe6?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d9721d1466c9a09b3170b4354c1dbe6?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/5d/5d9721d1466c9a09b3170b4354c1dbe6?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Penn Station did not make you feel comfortable; it made you feel important.&rdquo; [...] Unlike McKim&rsquo;s monument, today&rsquo;s Penn Station &mdash; where many visitors, both domestic and international, encounter New York City for the first time &mdash; certainly does not make you feel important. Comparing the vanished terminal with this tawdry replacement, the Yale architectural historian Vincent Scully once wrote, &ldquo;One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/87033/penn-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/112334716/grimshaw-gruen-s-l-a-union-station-master-plan-approved-for-implementation Grimshaw + Gruen's L.A. Union Station Master Plan approved for implementation Justine Testado 2014-10-28T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-28T14:08:46-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x6/x6t43vyqpkbpfpcn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x6/x6t43vyqpkbpfpcn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x6/x6t43vyqpkbpfpcn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/x6/x6t43vyqpkbpfpcn.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>The L.A. Metro Board of Directors officially approved the Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan in downtown L.A. to advance from planning to implementation. For the past two years, Metro has worked with a consultant team led by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a> to expand the iconic station, which is registered as a national historical landmark. Since Union Station opened in 1939, ridership continues to approach 110,000 trips per day and is expected to increase up to nearly 197,000 per day by 2040. L.A. Metro purchased the station in 2011.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rz/rzarh8kozm2h8nrn.jpg"></p><p>The master plan development program consists of 3.25 million sq. feet of the Union Station property. The plan includes the preservation of the historic station, renovations to the station's perimeter, and adding new commercial developments like retail, hotel, and housing.</p><p>With today's approval, Metro can begin its initial implementation strategy for near-term projects, which includes a programmatic environmental review of the recommended trans...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/111950133/denver-s-union-station-is-lacking-diversity-and-local-critic-places-the-blame-on-the-architecture Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the architecture Archinect 2014-10-23T12:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-29T22:55:48-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oz/ozo9fb03fwqdu86p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oz/ozo9fb03fwqdu86p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oz/ozo9fb03fwqdu86p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/oz/ozo9fb03fwqdu86p.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Let's start with the building itself, the actual architecture. Union Station is a neo-classical mix of styles &mdash; European styles. The symmetry, arched windows, ornate cornice and stacked, stone walls have their roots in the glory days of France, England, Greece and Rome, in empires that were nearly absent of ethnic minorities and who felt fully at ease invading, exploiting and actually enslaving the people of Africa, subcontinent Asia and South America.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/108483141/repurposing-old-rail-stations-in-the-rust-belt-what-buffalo-detroit-and-cincinnati-can-tell-us-about-adaptive-reuse Repurposing Old Rail Stations in the Rust Belt: What Buffalo, Detroit, and Cincinnati can tell us about adaptive reuse Alexander Walter 2014-09-08T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T21:41:08-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/06/063626a445369251be0e7d75f101bfd1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/06/063626a445369251be0e7d75f101bfd1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/06/063626a445369251be0e7d75f101bfd1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/06/063626a445369251be0e7d75f101bfd1?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The CTRC&rsquo;s efforts are part of a larger phenomenon of rail station preservation occurring throughout the Rust Belt, including places such as Cincinnati&rsquo;s Union Terminal, and Detroit&rsquo;s Michigan Central Station. And while a geographic disadvantage and heavy rehabilitation costs make for an uphill battle, the Buffalo nonprofit and its ebullient members have high hopes for the future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/93073966/paris-ghost-stations-could-be-revitalized-as-galleries-swimming-pools-restaurants Paris' "ghost stations" could be revitalized as galleries, swimming pools, restaurants Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-02-07T14:42:00-05:00 >2014-02-07T14:42:42-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j9/j9gjw2oicp1le84i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j9/j9gjw2oicp1le84i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j9/j9gjw2oicp1le84i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/j9/j9gjw2oicp1le84i.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The Paris M&eacute;tro, opened in 1900, extends over more than 200 kilometers of track, serving more than 300 individual stops. But there are 11 more stations that, though once built, now stand nearly abandoned. Many of these "ghost" or "phantom" stations shuttered after the occupation during WWII. [...] Parisian mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet has a bold plan for these phantom stations ... these abandoned spaces should be reclaimed for the city's residents.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Working alongside mayoral candidate Kosciusko-Morizet, architect Manal Rachdi and urban planner Nicolas Laisn&eacute;&nbsp;composed a few renderings of what the stations could become under the proposal. Featuring Arsenal, one of the stations closed since 1939, here are a few potential uses:</p><p>Night club:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d7/d7e9shryvq7f7g5q.jpg"></p><p>Restaurant:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0v/0vynbup8u7j80ijn.jpg"></p><p>Art gallery:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9n/9nq0sm33wh71hrz4.jpg"></p><p>Theater:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7g/7g4g037y9rg6scbm.jpg"></p><p><em>All images via&nbsp;NKM Paris, from Oxo architects + Laisn&eacute; Architect.</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/90832016/grimshaw-gruen-s-17-hectare-l-a-union-station-master-plan-approved-to-begin-final-phase Grimshaw/Gruen’s 17-hectare L.A. Union Station Master Plan approved to begin final phase Justine Testado 2014-01-09T12:52:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T17:10:33-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v2/v2u4g4hsg4eyei45.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v2/v2u4g4hsg4eyei45.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v2/v2u4g4hsg4eyei45.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/v2/v2u4g4hsg4eyei45.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Since Gruen Associates and Grimshaw Architects were approved in 2012 to create the L.A. Union Station Master Plan, the leading designers and their team recently got the green light from the L.A. Metro to begin the plan's third and final phase. Preserving the station's iconic nature and enhancing its surrounding 17 hectares to address the city's most pressing needs in the future, the proposal is set for completion in Summer 2014.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6y/6yvwb0fhbnbc8pdw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/o0/o0lvt2p4a3mkpjoj.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1c/1c7e428kz9furqiw.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <em>Images via Grimshaw Architects</em></p> <p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52617568/los-angeles-metro-approves-gruen-grimshaw-for-union-station-master-plan" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Metro Approves Gruen/Grimshaw for Union Station Master Plan</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/84839487/kadawittfeldarchitektur-s-salzburg-central-station-wins-two-awards-as-project-nears-completion kadawittfeldarchitektur’s Salzburg Central Station wins two awards as project nears completion Justine Testado 2013-10-23T15:21:00-04:00 >2013-10-28T21:39:13-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tq/tqd4g8fmbkqtafyf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tq/tqd4g8fmbkqtafyf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tq/tqd4g8fmbkqtafyf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tq/tqd4g8fmbkqtafyf.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After 15 years, kadawittfeldarchitektur's redesign for the historic Salzburg Central Station is steadily inching toward completion. Before reconstruction began in 2009, the firm won a two-phase competition out of 12 architecture teams back in 1999. [...] Even before its expected completion in mid-2014, kadawittfeldarchitektur has already received the Austrian "Staatspreis Design" award and the European Steel Award.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/83830203/depot-domiciles-train-stations-become-hip-german-homes Depot Domiciles: Train Stations Become Hip German Homes Alexander Walter 2013-10-10T15:18:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T18:33:05-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gi/gi0xpzmnoopk96te.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gi/gi0xpzmnoopk96te.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gi/gi0xpzmnoopk96te.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gi/gi0xpzmnoopk96te.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Converting old train stations into living spaces is all the rage in Germany. They're charming and, often, affordable -- but making these buildings livable can be more difficult than people anticipate.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/72360543/historic-los-angeles-union-station-facing-renovation-plans Historic Los Angeles Union Station facing renovation plans Alexander Walter 2013-05-02T13:14:00-04:00 >2013-05-02T13:16:47-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/87/8796f40ecf8317bf3bef075593b3f5fb?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/87/8796f40ecf8317bf3bef075593b3f5fb?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/87/8796f40ecf8317bf3bef075593b3f5fb?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/87/8796f40ecf8317bf3bef075593b3f5fb?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>While high-speed rail remains an uncertain prospect in California, it is the centerpiece of four design concepts unveiled Wednesday for modernizing Union Station. Architects commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to upgrade the 77-year-old transit hub in downtown Los Angeles showed preliminary plans that put a high-speed rail system atop, beneath or alongside existing subways without compromising the character of the historic landmark.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>Metro will hold a community workshop on the Union Station Master Plan at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.</em></p> <p> Previously:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52617568/los-angeles-metro-approves-gruen-grimshaw-for-union-station-master-plan" target="_blank">Los Angeles Metro Approves Gruen/Grimshaw for Union Station Master Plan</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/46367497/six-visions-for-la-s-union-station-in-the-year-2050" target="_blank">Six visions for LA's Union Station in the year 2050</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/26773673/la-union-station-shortlist-announced-the-notables-that-missed-the-cut" target="_blank">LA Union Station Shortlist Announced &amp; The Notables That Missed The Cut</a></li> </ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/67038104/construction-update-of-reading-station-area-redevelopment-by-grimshaw-architects Construction Update of Reading Station Area Redevelopment by Grimshaw Architects Alexander Walter 2013-02-06T12:59:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T16:39:30-05:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gj/gjxge8885j6fct8z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gj/gjxge8885j6fct8z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gj/gjxge8885j6fct8z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/gj/gjxge8885j6fct8z.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Major construction is currently under way in Reading, England as part of the Reading Station Area Redevelopment. In this new construction update video, Mark Middleton, partner at Grimshaw Architects, is on site at Reading Station and explains how the redevelopment will double its capacity and relieve a major bottleneck in the rail network west of London.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> https://archinect.com/news/article/55816089/super-freaky-train-station-design-looks-like-a-spider-laying-eggs Super-freaky train station design looks like a spider laying eggs Derek Kaplan 2012-08-23T13:31:00-04:00 >2012-08-29T00:50:04-04:00 <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/81/81ivd4ps6vdq2mvh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/81/81ivd4ps6vdq2mvh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/81/81ivd4ps6vdq2mvh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/81/81ivd4ps6vdq2mvh.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>I went to Vienna earlier this year, and it&rsquo;s extremely charming and deeply concerned with coffee and cake, both of which I appreciate. But I confess that as I wandered the streets, looking up at graceful churches and palaces, I often thought &ldquo;what a shame it is that none of these buildings look like a nightmare structure of bare twigs and spider egg sacs.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>