The Chelsea Hub at 10th Ave
“Transport buildings are both a gateway to travel and, in the opposite direction, a portal through which to experience cities and continents.” (Brian Edwards, Transit)
An element in the sky, delicate, yet imposing, the Chelsea Hub is a means for travelers to get from one spot to another. The idea was to integrate a specific language of tectonics into an urban fabric. The tectonic language studied was the Da Vinci dome. As mentioned in the reading by Brain Edwards, a new expression of these dynamic buildings is developed.
Earlier transport buildings had the language of streamlines or curves, suggesting speed, movement, and direction. The Chelsea Hub embodies different parameters of external and internal design. Human scale and mechanical scale have is explored with steel as the primary construction material. Irregular and large volumetric spaces created from the intersections and nodes formed by the mesh show the notion of “celebration of travel.” The massive arrival and gathering spaces create a pause for the user, allowing them to experience the new and upcoming fragment of the Chelsea neighborhood.