Sustainability should not be seen as a practical isolated part of the actions we take every day, but as something inherent, natural to all beings. Thus, sustainability is expressed efficiently in our actions. Architecture is a product of our actions and reflects our practices and beliefs. The proposal for the Loyola Bus Shelter refurbishment brings the concept of sustainability combined with retrospectives techniques and new technologies, both efficient in their own ways. Self-sufficient, the shelter produces solar energy by photovoltaic panels, which positioned as a cover, provide weather protection for the users at the same time as a simple air pipes thermally insulate the shelter (ground-coupled heat exchanger). Besides the technical aspects, the shelter has been rethought to better serve the users. We propose a redesign on the shuttle bus route, allowing it now to enter the university campus, creating the possibility of creating other stops inside campus. Thus, the bus can embark passengers without disrupting the flow of the busy Sherbrooke St.
In order to guide our posture regarding the architectural design and technique, the community was consulted through internet questionnaires about their opinions on the current bus shelter, showing their frustrations and suggestions for improvements that would enrich their experiences as passengers and members of the academic community. Also, considering the relevance of the shuttle bus for students and staff, we also consulted the Varnier Library staff about its opinions on the current structure. On this consultation, a single suggestion for Wi-Fi implementation on the shelter appeared. In general, the questionnaire replies showed that the public does not show interest and concerns on the standard designed shelter we see today located by the Varnier Library building on Loyola Campus and most interviewers put that the shelter is fine, with nothing special but also no major deficiencies. That in account, we sought a design that would radically transform the shelter into a different concept of space, materiality and function - it would finally be remembered!
This proposal doubled the capacity of the shelter, by designing a structure that straddled the path to the Vanier Library, thus allowing for an extended interior program, such as the inclusion of a sharing library within the shelter. It is also not clear how the books would survive the winter months. The overall concept is feasible, but lacks excitement. The arc entrance acts like a gateway to the university, since it is pedestrian oriented. However, the roof is inconvenient for the clearance of vehicles using the path limiting the appropriateness of the solution for the site.
(Excerpt from the jury's comments)
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