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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Preston Bus Station in England by Latitude Studio

 
June 21st, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Latitude Studio

The west and east sides of the Preston BusStation are currently occupied by an asphalt esplanade with an endless parade of buses from all over the UK.

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

  • Architects: Latitude Studio
  • Project: Preston Bus Station
  • Location: Preston, England, United Kingdom
  • Principal Architect: Manuel N. Zornoza
  • Team: Andrea Ramos Rodriguez, Jorge Cortes de Castro, Lucia Bravo Guinea
  • Client: Lancashire County Council
  • Status: Proposal
  • Type: Competition
  • Program: 7,000sqm for cultural facilities
  • Year: 2015

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

The transformation of the west side aims to return 7,000sqm of valuable open space for recreational use. This regained open space has the potential to become a green and diverse square, Preston Square.

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Preston Square also aims to improve the connectivity between nearby Preston City center and the iconic Preston Station. By linking Old Vicarage, Crooked Lane and Lord St., with the entrances in the west side of the station, a new path to Preston Square will emerge. In order to improve these entrances, a new porch has been designed at the ground level of the station by modifying the facade.

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

All along this porch, there is a continuous frontage road that will undergo several modifications in order to connect it aesthetically with Preston Square. This frontage goes up and down giving rise to the new entrances: to the north, Youth Zone facilities, to the south, the new waiting area which can operate together or independently from the station.

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Preston Square contains:

  • Youth Zone building: situated in the space that exists in between the new trails.
  • The “Ágora”: a belowground, contemporary Roman theater for scenic performances and citizens’ assemblies.
  • The “Mountain”: an elevated vista.
  • The “Plaza”: a welcoming open space for travelers coming from Lord Street.
Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

The Youth Zone building for young people is situated in the north area of Preston Square. This building is mostly 6 meters underground. There are three main reasons for this decision: firstly, to reduce the visual impact of the building in order to not modify the established image of the station; secondly, to liberate space on ground level in order to provide as much open area as possible; thirdly, to build a building with maximum privacy and security for minors.

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

At ground level, the Youth Zone new building appears as two sections. One is conceived as the main entrance and open recreation area, while the other as the Sport Hall.

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

Image Courtesy © Latitude Studio

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