UW Link Station for Sound Transit, Seattle, Washington

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle, Washington Transport Building, Architecture

UW Link Station for Sound Transit, Seattle

University of Washington Transport Building, USA – design by LMN Architects

Sep 30, 2017

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit, Seattle

Location: 3720 Montlake Blvd NE, Seattle, WA 98105, USA

Design: LMN Architects

UW Link Station for Sound Transit, a new transit station in Seattle, Washington

More than a light rail station, the project adds multiple facets to the urban fabric at the intersection of Montlake Boulevard and Pacific Street.

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

Photos: Kevin Scott

Knitting together transportation modalities from bike to bus to pedestrians to trains, the multi-disciplinary design creates a unified solution at a problematic street intersection, one of the busiest in Seattle, and provides a unique gateway to the University of Washington campus through its above and below-grade experiences.  

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit building

The project includes a train platform 100 feet underground, accessed via escalators and elevators from a 2-level glass entrance structure. Along the way, users pass through a 55-foot tall vertical circulation chamber featuring Subterraneum, a collaborative art installation that blends architecture and sculpture in expressing the geological layers of soil surrounding the station walls.

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit building interior

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

Design elements throughout the station levels create a sense of movement through a memorable urban landscape, where thousands of users spend fleeting amounts of time in civic congregation.

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

On the surface, the new bicycle and pedestrian bridge, with stairs, escalators, and ramps connecting both levels of the entrance structure, curves gently as it spans over Montlake to land on the university campus.

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

The bridge plays a critical role in expanding Seattle’s bicycle commuter network, connecting the Burke-Gilman Trail with a new bike lane on the rebuilt State Route 520 floating bridge.  

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

Behind the scenes, mechanical systems are layered into the architecture. An extensive emergency smoke ventilation system, track crossover area, and maintenance spaces—unseen by the public—are nearly as large by volume as the circulation chambers.

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

Two ventilation towers provide supply and exhaust air, anchoring each end of the below-grade structure. At street level the towers emerge as 20foot tall structures that fade from view through the strategic use of perforated screens. The northern tower serves as a support for the bike and pedestrian bridge.  

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

The project solves many transportation and urban planning issues at once, adding light rail to the region’s transportation mix; creating a bike/pedestrian crossing over Montlake; re-activating a historically troubled intersection as a transit hub and campus entrance; and improving circulation flow and access options to the UW sports complex. Each element is carefully considered as a component of a larger whole.

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

“The station beautifully and intricately navigates an almost unbelievably complex urban node,” says Rebecca Barnes, University Architect at the UW. “The outcome is a great architectural and urban design achievement borne of many acts of imaginative and insightful civic leadership.”

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

Each element of the project is carefully considered as a component of a larger whole, set within a complex web of uses at the confluence of dense urban districts, regional connectors, and important university destinations such as Husky Stadium, the Alaska Airlines Arena, Rainier Vista, and the UW Medical Center.

UW Link Station for Sound Transit Seattle building

The project includes a train platform 100 feet underground, accessed from a 2-level glass entrance structure and a 55-foot tall vertical circulation chamber featuring Subterraneum. An emergency smoke ventilation system, track crossover area, and maintenance spaces—unseen by the public—are nearly as large by volume as the circulation chambers.

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit building plans

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit building location plan

University of Washington Link Station for Sound Transit building section

UW Link Station for Sound Transit, Seattle – Building Information

Building Size: 157,856 gsf Seattle, Washington
Project Type: Transportation

Photographs: Kevin Scott

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LMN Architects

Address: 3720 Montlake Blvd NE


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