A proposal for a new transit hub in the center of Bellahøj
Bellahøj, Copenhagen (DK)
Danish Institute of Study Abroad - 2014
Advisor: Rune Veile
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Bellahøj, an area just northwest of Copenhagen, has sprawled in-between two fingers of the notorious finger plan resulting in a suburb separated from its surroundings. Its main issue is the lack of a direct route to the capital. The idea behind the proposed transit hub is to provide the inhabitants of the area with a convenient and dependable connection to the city center. In addition, the hope is that this new architectural typology pushes people to leave their automobiles and take public transportation. This is encouraged by combining recreational areas, urban necessities, ample parking and a variety of public transportation options into one structure, providing the convenience engendered by proximity and highly sought after in our fast paced contemporary society.
The site is situated at the crux of a hectic intersection and a bisecting highway, which is not conducive to the flow of pedestrians or bicyclists. Very much an exercise in urban design, the building formally responds and bends itself to current as well as new circulation paths. The goal is then to create a fluid urban space that people can inhabit, interact with and play in. Setting up the scene for a bricolage of diverse and otherwise separated activities and encounters.
To bring the street into the building, tying the architecture seemlessly into the urban fabric and turning the parking garage into a civic space. A collage of eclectic activities located around a central atrium will draw people in from all types of cultures and backgrounds and provide to the everyday needs of the surrounding urbanites. An elevated urban campground, a rooftop skate park and a gallery space cater to the leisurely needs of the users. While a laundromat cafe enables you to drop off your chores on the way to work and a reinvention of the supermarket allows you to order food on your commute and have your groceries waiting for you in your trunk upon your return at the end of the day.
To draw the park up and into the building, humanizing the site. The parking lot becomes a cultural, physical, psychological and changing phenomenon. It serves as a cultural indicator, showcasing the current needs and interests of an ever changing population. The openness of the structure is revealing and entertaining, it’s massiveness is bold and makes a statement - the new transit hub for Bellahøj is a machine for the commuter.