STARCHITECTS REDESIGN UNION STATION, 2050
A future of environmental sustainability, bullet train access, and a firmly developed area surrounding Union Station looks beautiful in conceptual designs of the LA landmark put forth by some of the most prominent architecture firms from around the world - designs released to the internet a few days ago.
The designs may ignore political and financial realisms, but they keep the classic architecture of the station intact and allow for an expansion that would change Los Angeles “from the city of congestion and sprawl” - as Mayor Villaraigosa calls it - to one more in touch with progressive forms of transportation, not to mention architecture if these vision boards have anything to say about it.
LA Times reports:
Anticipating not only the possible arrival of high-speed rail service but also the construction of a massive mixed-use development — Metro holds entitlements to build as much as 6 million square feet of new office, retail and residential space around the station — Metro officials asked the six teams of architects, engineers and consultants to prepare “vision boards” imagining what the site might look like in 2050.