Urban Toronto continues south through the station designs for the extension of the Spadina line. This week: Finch West, designed, like Steeles West, by Will Alsop and Richard Stevens Architects. At this station Alsop abandons the more organic lines and look of Steeles West for a very rectilinear and highly machined look: Finch West features bird-friendly fritted glass, anodized aluminum curtain wall frames, coloured glass accents, and black and white fibrous cement panels. Roofs are green roofs or cool roofs.
Finch West is the second new station beyond the current terminal at Downsview station.
The Main Entrance, west side of Keele, north of Finch. Plan, Sylvan Eden Exterior, Bar Coded Interior, with accenting coloured glass panels.
The Concourse. Plan, future potential access to the Finch West LRT, interior view.
Platform. Plan, and interior view.
Back the the surface, east side of Keele, north end; the Bus Terminal. Plan, interior view, exterior view. A power substation will be located atop the terminal. The bus terminal plan is not finalized yet.
Artwork in the station is by Bruce McLean.
From the TTC's report:
The Artist has worked very closely with the architectural design team to develop a concept of public art being fully integrated with the architecture and the structure so that it is woven into the very fabric of the station; physically supporting it to form a unified aesthetic language of design. The artist has stated:
“The sculptures are intended to be part of the structure and fabric of the building and should in a way be invisible. The structures supporting the power substation are referencing Greek caryatids; the pillars supporting the underground roof reference 6,000 year old Minorcan pillars supporting underground houses based, I believe, on the structure of a palm tree and are, I also believe, the inspiration for the form of the barrel vault, so in effect it’s making use of the ancient in modern times.”
The formal aspects of the artwork are comprised of strong sculptural concrete forms that are integrated into the supporting columns of the substation and entrance buildings, the bus canopy, and double-height columns below grade. Every visible aspect of the public space of this project is a blending of the boundaries between art and architecture.
How all of that relates to the design below, is somewhat of a mystery to me. Anyone have any guesses?
The station should be complete in 2014, with service beginning on the extension in late 2015. To read more about the station plans, read the TTC's report at this link.
What do you think of the plans for Finch West? Comment below, or visit Urban Toronto's Spadina Extension thread in the Tranportation fourm by clicking on the link below.