SouthWest Station is a multi-modal transportation center shared by two transit agencies that anchors the western end of Metro Transit’s new METRO Green Line LRT Extension (Southwest LRT) in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The project adds a Light Rail Platform, Bus Station, Auto Drop-Off Area, and 440-stall Parking Garage to SouthWest Transit’s existing Parking Garage on the site. The program is carefully organized on the compact suburban site to clarify wayfinding and avoid conflicts between vehicular and pedestrian circulation.
The LRT and Bus components are wrapped in a low-slung, delicate canopy that celebrates arrival to the Station. Hovering above the Station, and highly visible from the adjacent parkland and freeway, the Parking Garage is wrapped in a subtly sculpted, perforated aluminum skin that is brought alive by the play of light, shadow, and snow across its surface.