South Bellevue Station: Final Designs
The South Bellevue Station’s Public Art Enhancements include a pattern strip on the facade of the guideway acoustic panels and large graphic images wrapping the columns below the platform. The imagery for these elements comes from the Mercer Slough, a wetland area which surrounds the site.
The station uses greens and golds to soften the grays of the large scale infrastructure. The platform entries are indicated with gold colored ceiling panels and the stairs, escalators and elevators are clad in green metal panels. The acoustic panels continue this theme of green and gold by transitioning from autumn hues at the station to spring greens moving into the park areas.
This changing of colors creates a dynamic visual statement from a rather simple pattern system. The pattern uses a small number of unique units that repeat and rotate to create a larger, longer pattern band. Each of these units is made of four layers that combine to make a full image. By selectively changing the colors on these layers we can build a complex pattern from a small kit of parts.
The same system is used the create the large scale graphics on the columns. Because they are painted, the colors on the layers can overlap, making the templates simpler. The three stenciled layers stack up to make the whole image: an abstracted leaf.
The similar inspirations and process used for both the acoustic panels and column wraps unifies them as aesthetic elements. The use of color on layers and pointillist hexagon-shaped pixels makes and expression that reads at many scales.