South Bellevue Station: Acoustic Panel Prototypes
The acoustic panels for the sound barrier along the guideway of the South Bellevue Station are clad in an aesthetic treatment that uses color and pattern to create a sophisticated gesture in the site. As part of the process, we developed prototypes that serve as a proof of concept and as a guide for the final work. The two foot square prototypes show a small portion of one of the six by four foot panels. The final design uses five of these panels and their rotations to create a ten unit template. The template is expressed in seven distinct color combinations; each combination is used many times.
The complete set of prototypes, seen above and below, shows the color transitions that will occur across the span. These are small samples of one of ten larger panels. The ten unit templates repeat many times. This means the color sequence will be spaced out across the length of the span, easing the transitions, making a graceful expression.
The panels use repeated patterns systems of thee color layers. By changing the colors on each layer incrementally across the panels, the pattern gains variation without too much added complexity. The panels use the principles of pointillism to blend and combine, creating depth of color and space on a flat surface. The colors relate to the seasons.
The crisp color, form and edges will never be seen up close, the panels are twenty feet in the air, but they contribute to the richness of the final design. The little borders of colors combine to a level of nuance and depth to the panels. The long lasting, easy maintenance, true and crisp colors are why we chose porcelain enamel on steel.
Thanks to Bryan Stockdale and his team at Winsor Fireform for fabricating these prototypes.