- Project Name
- Los Angeles Union Station Metro Bike Hub
- Los Angeles
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- New Construction
- Year Completed
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Metro Bike Hub at Los Angeles Union Station is a state-of-the-art bicycle storage and retail facility that promotes safe, healthy, and sustainable alternative transportation at the city’s bustling historic transit center. As Metro’s flagship bike parking facility, the Bike Hub houses secure storage for nearly 200 bicycles, provides an array of bike-related services, and helps to fulfill Metro’s mission of supporting commuters with their first and last mile of transit.
The design team was tasked with creating a modern structure that complements the historic language of the 1939 railroad terminal. The team drew inspiration from the steel and iron train sheds found in Europe during the early 1900s, as well as the indoor-outdoor breezeways, courtyards, and arcades comprising Union Station. What resulted was a one-story, low-profile steel structure that complements the utilitarian nature of the train complex while still retaining a distinctly modern design.
The new structure blends in with the color scheme of the station and is located behind, while also being proportionally aligned, with the north breezeway. The solid columns and voids of the adjacent breezeway informed the pattern of the Bike Hub’s envelope; standing-seam siding align with the columns, and perforated panels align with the voids. The new structure is set back from the north breezeway, creating a new courtyard space between the structure and breezeway that mimics the historic outdoor spaces that characterize the station.
Bike Hub was also designed with movability in mind. In the event that the station’s long-term Master Plan requires its relocation in the future, the structure was designed so it can be disassembled and relocated as needed. Bike Hub consists of exposed steel-bolted framing and perforated steel panels that enable easy dismantling. Together, these design features ensure the Bike Hub enhances, rather than detracts from, the historic character of Union Station.