South Bellevue Station: Column Wrap Imagery

As an elevated platform, the South Bellevue Station, sits on several twenty-foot tall columns. The pedestrian experience under the platform is dominated by these massive columns. In order to add a sense of human scale to this space, we wrapped the columns with leaf imagery.

This before and after shows how the columns are transformed by leaf imagery.

This before and after shows how the columns are transformed by leaf imagery.

The column patterns were developed by processing an image of a leaf taken at the site. The image was processed into a pattern of overlapping hexagons developed through a digital design process. We made a definition in Grasshopper, a plugin for Rhino, that transformed images into abstracted hexagon patterns. This approach was inspired by the elemental building blocks of nature, pointillism and current technology.

Transforming leaf imagery with technology creates digital patterning.

Transforming leaf imagery with technology creates digital patterning.

The leaf wraps scale the columns as the smaller hexagons build larger sections of color to create a pointillist image. The leaf images rotate around the columns adding a dynamic sense of motion to the space. As one walks through the site the images will be constantly moving around and activating the columns.

The leaf wraps rotate around the columns.

The leaf wraps rotate around the columns.

Team Credits:

Vicki Scuri SiteWorks

Perkins & Will

Client:

Sound Transit

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