Glass panels in a LRT station canopy are printed with a series of specific colors and transparencies which allow bright colors to be reflected onto the ground and onto any surface beneath the canopy. The colors for the canopy glass are derived from an investigation of the official school colors of the University of Maryland and the Purple Line Standards manual. The colors graduate from ‘Purple Line’ deep purple through the University of Maryland’s deep red and gold, eventually clearing to colorless glass. The deeper red end of this spectrum is situated at the far end of each platform where the train comes to a stop. Thus the canopy and color field effect acts as signage and subtle way-finding, indicating where the train will stop and from what direction it will come. The reflected color field is constantly moving and changing with the sun and sky conditions, from stark literacy on a cloudless day at noon to a softer blur of color on an overcast day. The whole structure becomes a projector using varying ambient light of the sun and sky. At night, lit with platform lighting mounted in the eaves, the canopy appears as a colorful array when viewed from above in surrounding buildings.
Dimensions: 85’L x 12’W x 10’H
Site: Campus Center Station at The University of Maryland for The Purple Line Light Rail System.
Client(s): Maryland Transit Administration