Project:

UP Express

Year:

2011 - 2014

Client:

Metrolinx, Toronto; Winkreative, London

Location:

Toronto, Canada

Program:

Four rail stations

Architect:

Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zürich (Design Guidelines)

Commission:

Direct commission 2011

Agency:

Winkreative, London

Design and Architects of Record:

Zeidler Partnership Architects (Union Station), Adamson Associates Architects (Pearson Airport), Aecom (Bloor and Weston)

Visualisation:

Architron, Zürich

Photo credit:

Tom Arban

Toronto, Canada

The Union Pearson Express connecting Pearson Airport with Downtown Toronto aims to reinvent public transport in North America. With a comfortable, seamless, and holistic design, the UP express links to local, suburban traffic hubs, creating new connections and sparking new developments within Toronto’s expanding public transport network. The stations were designed by various local offices working in a diverse set of project organizations. Yet, the goal was to achieve a unified image. Hosoya Schaefer was asked by Winkreative to develop a design for all stations as well as a coherent architectural language and to coordinate it with the architects already commissioned.

The design of the main stations at Pearson Airport, the suburban stations at Weston and Bloor and at Union Station follows a consistent experience relating to local, natural materials. Floating wooden ceiling sculptures create a unified sense of place and zones of comfort across all stations. Architectural thresholds mark transitions to the surroundings and provide orientation in time and space. The Architectural Design Manual describes the overarching architectural concepts as well as all design features for the stations, providing precise input for local designers and all brand-related interfaces.

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Architecture

Station square and station roof in Herisau, Switzerland
Current phase: construction documents

Benninger Areal, housing and retail development
Current phase: preliminary design

Interior design for an apartment in Park Tower, Zug
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Current phase: preliminary design

Parking garage with shop in Zug, Switzerland
Current phase: preliminary design

Riedmatt Ebikon / housing, retail, ateliers
Current phase: framework plan

Qube Ebikon / housing, retail, offices
Current phase: framework plan

House Chile, innovative single family home in forrest setting
Current phase: building permit documents

Buchs Areal Fegeren, building for precision-industry
Current phase: study

House Kyoto, community living, Japan
Current phase: study

Lachen SZ Alpenblickstrasse / high-rise housing
Current phase: study

Urban Design

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, Nürtingen
Current state: masterplan and function plan

Neugasse Zürich, urban design concept with public participation
Current state: presentation of urban design concept

Dessauer Strasse, Wolfsburg
Current state: competition waiting for further commission

Herisau site development, Herisau
Current state: process support and test planning

Technologiecluster Zug Masterplan, Zug
Current state: urban framework plan and design concept

Masterplan Dierikon, Switzerland
Current state: masterplan waiting for further commission

HafenCity Elbbrückenquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan and framework plan

Wilhelmsburg Elbinselquartier, Hamburg
Current state: masterplan, function plan and typology studies

National Innovation Park Switzerland, Hub Zurich
Current state: Study on mobility-infrastructure

Leica Areal
Current state: study completed, next phase in planning

Innovation- and production park Patton Barracks, Heidelberg
Current state: urban framework plan

Wil West, Kanton Thurgau
Current state: urban framework plan

Visp Sägematte, Valais
Current state: study

Urban framework plan for the city of Zug
Current state: recently completed

Urban System Research

SmartUse / Space, Growth and BigData
Current state: ongoing

Winterthur 2040
Current state: ongoing

Harvard University Graduate School of Design / The Industrious City
Current state: in preparation

Development strategy for 3 communities in the Kanton St. Gallen, Switzerland

Contact

Zürich office

Flüelastrasse 10 8048 Zürich Switzerland (Google Maps)
T. +41 (0)43 243 6313 F. +41 (0)43 243 6315
office@hosoyaschaefer.com

Kyoto office

Jimukinoueda bldg. 602 21 Sakaimachi Gojo-Takakurakado Shimogyoku Kyoto Japan
T. +81 (0)75 744 1503
office@hosoyaschaefer.com