Open side-bar Menu
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan in California by UNStudio + EE&K

May 2nd, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: UNStudio + EE&K

UNStudio and EE&K a Perkins Eastman company, and Jacobs Engineering have submitted a proposal for a scope of work to develop a Master Plan of Los Angeles Union Station.

Ben van Berkel of UNStudio, along with Jonathan Cohn of EE&K, presented their ‘Vision Board’ –  a conceptual rendering in the year 2050, showing Los Angeles Union Station as a multi-modal transit hub with a mix of uses, new development and outdoor spaces. The intent of the Vision Board was to explore visionary possibilities for Union Station and surrounding areas. The vision submitted does not portray the final design issues that will be examined in the Master Plan, however it does show a hint of the possibilities for the city and the regional transit hub of the future.

Aerial View

  • Architect: UNStudio + EE&K
  • Name of Project: Los Angeles Union Station Master Plan
  • Location: 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California
  • Client: Metro
  • Building surface: n/a
  • Building volume: n/a
  • Building site: 40 hectares

Interior View

  • Programme: train station, bus station, mixed use, parking, park
  • Status: RFP submission
  • Team of UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Wouter de Jonge, and Imola Berczi, Aurélie Hsiao with Martin Zangerl, Stefano Rocchetti, Elisabeth Brauner, Qiyao Li
  • Primary Team Composition:
    • Large Scale Design: EE&K a Perkins Eastman company
    • Architecture, Iconic Places: UNStudio
    • Rail and Infrastructure Engineering, Constructability: Jacobs
    • Facility Engineering, Energy, Sustainability, Performance Modeling: Buro Happold
  • Extended Team Composition:
    • Large Scale Design: EE&K a Perkins Eastman company
    • Architecture, Iconic Places: UNStudio
    • Local and Existing Architecture and Planning: RAW International
    • Rail and Infrastructure Engineering, Constructability: Jacobs
    • Facility Engineering, Energy, Sustainability, Performance Modeling: Buro Happold
    • Civil Engineering: Fuscoe
    • Ken Smith Landscape Architect: Landscape Design: WORKSHOP
    • Landscape Architecture: Patricia Smith
    • Public Outreach: The Robert Group
    • Financial Planning: HR&A Advisors, Inc.
    • Land Use & Entitlements: Kosmont Companies
    • Wayfinding and Identity Branding: Pentagram
    • Historic Preservation: Historic Resources Group
    • Transportation Engineering: KOA
    • Security: Ducibella Venter & Santore
    • Cost Estimating: Lenax
    • Surveyor: Zuma Pacifica

Vision Board

The Master Plan will be developed by an integrated team with UNStudio leadingon architecture, EE&K leadingon large scale design, and Jacobs leading on rail and infrastructure engineering. One of the six teams to finalize for this submission will be selected at the end of June to undertake a 24-month Master Plan.

The conceptual launch pad for the design of the ‘vision’ for the L.A. Union Station Master Plan was focused on integrating the transit experience with new outdoor park spaces, providing a much sought after amenity in downtown L.A.. At a large scale, the vision creates a ‘green loop that includes plans for the revitalization of the L.A. river and possible park extensions connecting Union Station across the 101.  Key to the future architectural development of the site is the maximum preservation of the historic Union Station building and gardens. City and regional transit will be given the stage, with a focus on increased ridership and transit connections, as well as considerations for the introduction of high-speed rail. A uniquely programmed urban park with large-scale open spaces, extending the ideas of the existing historic courtyards, is envisioned as being integrated into the transit experience. The introduction of a vertical, layered strategy for the transit program show the possibility of an open-air station that takes advantage of city’s light and climate, creating a distinctly L.A. response to the future of this important transit hub.


Ben van Berkel: “With our vision for the LA Union Station area we envision not simply a train station, but a new, flexible and lively transit location, catering for bikes, bus, train, cars and taxis for a wide variety of users. The mixed use programme would ensure a 24 hours cycle of activity and liveliness for residents, tourists, students and business people alike. Along with the preservation of the existing station, the extension of its open air courtyards into a large public landscape would guide and orientate all the various user groups by means of one large gesture.”

Tags: ,

Category: Master Plan

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Kenesto: 30 day trial
Bentley: -YII 2018 Awards - Countless CAD add-ons, plug-ins and more.

Internet Business Systems © 2018 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services  MCADCafe - Mechanical Design and Engineering ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise