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.

Publications

Projects

Architecture

Primary School Christoph Merian, Basel, 2019 –
Current phase: construction project

Airport Engadine, St. Moritz, 2020 –
Current phase: preliminary design

Mobility Hub, Zug, 2019 –
Future Parking Facility with retail component
Current phase: tender documentation

Station Square and Roof, Herisau 2015 –
Current phase: public vote

MEWA-Areal, Wädenswil, 2018 –
Transformation Project from the former industrial estate to the mixed-use development with housing
Current phase: framework plan

Viererfeld, Bern, 2018 –
Housing
Current phase: on hold

Office Renovation, Zug, 2020 –
Current phase: execution

House Renovation, Zug, 2020 –
Current phase: study

Wilhelmsburg Rowing Club, 2020 – 2021
Current phase: preliminary planning

Urban Design

Salina Raurica / Salinenhofquartier, Pratteln, 2018 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Metalli, Zug, 2017 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Tech Cluster Zug, 2015 –
Current state: transformation plan

Elbinselquartier Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg, 2015 –
Current state: design guidelines

Bahnstadt Nürtingen, 2017 –
Current state: design manual

KNZ Wil West, Thurgau / St. Gallen, 2011 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Bell-Areal, Kriens, 2020 –
Current state: competition

Station Area Dietikon, 2019 –
Current state: study with recommendation for further development

Areal Dübendorf, 2020 –
Current state: study

Areal Oerlikon, 2020 –
Current state: study

Areal Dierikon, 2015 –
Current state: urban framework plan

Station Herisau, 2013 –
Current state: areal development

Innovation Park Bergedorf, 2020 –
Stand: urban framework

Seetalstrasse Meierhöfli Emmen, 2020 – 2021
Stand: test planing

Klosterareal Pluggendorf, Münster, 2020
Stand: workshop + competition

Basel SBB, 2019 –
Stand: urban space concept

Urban System Research

cividi gmbh – civic data intelligence, 2019 –
Digital tools for the analogue city
Current state: ongoing

The Industrious City – Book Publication, 2017 –
(Lars Müller Publishers)
Published in fall 2020

Workplace Area Development, Winterthur, 2019 –
Current state: ongoing

Network strategy 2040 and
future public transport 2050, Zurich
Current state: ongoing (with IBV Hüsler)

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