The concept of MOVEMENT is at the heart of Chicago’s transit system, connecting the city’s numerous neighborhoods with the Loop, its iconic landmarks and the lakefront parks. The new Washington/Wabash Station transforms the perception of public transportation facilities, and becomes a new gateway for Millennium Park and many of Chicago’s downtown attractions.
As an appropriate expression for a city that is always moving forward, the iconic project included the demolition of two existing transit stations, installation of new and modified track super structure, station fare collection areas, two new 425-foot long platforms and signature canopies.
The wave form of the canopies weaves through the historic Wabash Avenue canyon as a playful undulating counterpoint to the geometry of the city grid and buildings, and anticipates the soft forms of the park and lake beyond.
The architecture of the canopies is simple, elegant and economical. The skeletal steel and faceted glass structure creates a dynamic play of light alluding to diamond facets and the immediate Jeweler’s Row context. From the platform, the canopy serves as a deliberate contrasting frame that captures views to the historic Wabash facades.