The Daily Hive has posted renderings of the proposed SkyTrain stations along the Broadway line. What a disappointment for such highly public infrastructure that will be with us for generations – especially compared to its predecessors along the Millennium Line (right), whether exterior or interior.
Budgets? Surely if there’s a place to spend money on bold design, it’s for such public places. Especially when compared to other cities of similar size like Stockholm that aspire to high urban quality.
The stations on the whole aspire to nothing more than the mediocrity of the Canada Line – another disappointment that was rationalized by budgetary limitations and an urgent deadline.
Seriously? This looks more like a rendering to illustrate the volume into which the actual building must fit.*
The Urinal School of Interior Design. (At least there will be public restrooms in the stations.)
Not sure what the red boxes are for – but that is literally the only colour in any of the renderings other than the signage.
This is surely the greatest disappointment: the station that will serve one of the pre-eminent art and design schools in Canada.
We can only hope the students will rebel against the blandness and use the spaces for some guerilla artistic urbanism:
Yes, there is art to come in all the stations – but that is no excuse to treat the architecture itself as a blank palette.
*Update: Andy Coupland in the Comments below notes that, indeed, that is pretty much just a volume rendering, representing the building that will rise above. The station, however, seems fittingly mediocre.
Update: A friend noted that this is not just about aesthetics.
Are all the stations going to be the same design with an identical colour/material palette? Not only will that be banal but it will also make for an orientation challenge with six identical-looking stations in sequence, and possibly 10 to 12 when it gets to UBC.
A commenter mentioned Toronto’s original stations as a negative example but at least they varied the tile colours to assist in station recognition and orientation. Are we going to start off not having even learned the importance of that? Canada Line is repetitive but at least it has a variety of side, centre and stacked-platform stations, so that helps orientation, even subconsciously, despite the bland materials and poor signage.