Innovative bus stop designs for Arriva’s ‘green’ line 90

Students of the Interior Architecture & Furniture Design department have been given the assignment by Arriva Personenvervoer Nederland B.V. of creating a concept, design and detailing of one, or more bus stops along the trajectory of Arriva's ‘green’ line 90 connecting The Hague with Lisse.

The research and design process for this applied assignment has been conducted in a studio led by tutor Lada Hršak.

About the assignment

Halteplaats is the Dutch word for the busstop. However halte also means stop or pause, and plaats is place. Therefore ‘halteplaats’ potentially carries more content than the functional description of a bus stop.

The Green Bus line 90 trails along one of the most characteristic Dutch landscapes at the west coast of the Netherlands: positions between the National Park ‘Hollands Duin’ coastal dunes and the sandy tulip fields. The role of the stops would be to establish connections between the surrounding landscapes and the place of pause or exchange.

Green Line
Green Line: Den Haag - Lisse

Next to serving for both local and recreational traffic, Arriva’s ambition is to demonstrate original ‘sustainable’ bus stops. Stops that could contribute to the popularity and liveability of the route, stimulate local interconnections (between the stop and locality, local actors and agents), and ultimately serving as the test-case for the innovative concepts, materials and building methods.

The outcome of the studio and the deliverables for Arriva Personenvervoer Nederland B.V. are two designs for bus stops with scale model, materials and detailing. Next to this, there can be a ’maverick’ third project design that could look deeper into particular constitutive element of the stop. (for example, stop’s ‘furniture’ signing, sustainable new material etc.) These designs can be executed by the client for a one-off pilot project.

The Design process

In the first phase, students engage in design and material research, attend workshops on the building methods of the existing bus stops, and explore topics connected to the experience and act of moving, the notion of waiting, the metaphysics of the bus stop/terminal.

Design proposals - phase 1: Design and material research

Phase 1 - proposal by Kaja Hribšek,
Phase 1 - proposal by Kaja Hribšek
Phase 1 - proposal by Ilya Doreanu and Philip Atanasov
Phase 1 - proposal by Ilya Doreanu and Philip Atanasov
Phase 1 - proposal by Bryan Arends
Phase 1 - proposal by Bryan Arends

Detailing and materialisation, which take place in the second part of the studio, take into consideration the requirements and legislation regarding safety and accessibility of the stops, parallel to continuing of the chosen topics encountered in the first part of the project.

Design proposals - phase 2: Detailing and materialisation

IA&FD Applied Assignment Arriva Bus Stop proposal, 2020
'Greenhouse' design proposal-scale model by Kaja Hribšek & Bryan Arends, IAFD IA4, 2020
Roof detail Bus Stop proposal
Roof detail
IA&FD Applied Assignment Arriva Bus Stop proposal, 2020
"Seagull' design proposal by Ilya Doreanu & Ebru Güner, IAFD IA4, 2020
Back side use Bus Stop
Back side use
IA&FD Applied Assignment Arriva Bus Stop proposal, 2020
'Cardboard Pipe Stop' design proposal by Ilya Doreanu & Ebru Güner, IAFD IA4, 2020
Internal booth detail Bus Stop proposal, 2020
Internal booth detail
IA&FD Applied Assignment Arriva Bus Stop proposal, 2020
'Wild Card' design proposal by Philip Atanasov & Courteney Reitz, IAFD IA4, 2020
Roof detail Bus Stop proposal
Roof detail

photos by Hans Poel

Concept descriptions

Design by Kaja Hribšek & Bryan Arends

The site

The Green line is a very special line in South-Holland. It is a route leading through endless flower fields, agricultural landscape and through the scape of the dunes. This bus line is immensely visited by the tourists. Because of that, we deemed it important to create the kind of bus stops which would leave a memory and a permanent association to the places that the tourists visit.

Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is one of the world’s largest flower gardens, situated in the municipality of Lisse in the Netherlands. According to the official website, Keukenhof Park covers an area of 32 hectares and approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted in the gardens annually.

'Greenhouse' bus stop concept by Kaja Hribšek & Bryan Arends
Keukenhofdreef - 'Greenhouse' bus stop design

Keukenhofdreef is the bus stop, leading exactly to the Keukenhof garden. Because of that, we considered this the perfect location for the placement of our design. The bus stop takes an image of a glasshouse, being an element that represents the area and its identity. When coming upon the glasshouse bus stop, one is immediately introduced to the symbol of Keukenhof and the symbol of the Netherlands.

Concept

In the research of power structures in architecture, we stumbled upon the greenhouse.

The greenhouse seems to be the powerhouse of the Netherlands. It is the epitome of self-sufficiency, curiosity and technological advancement. There is as well an aesthetic and atmospheric feature to it.

Our proposal is a bus stop, combined with a greenhouse. Why not make the daily wait for the bus pleasant, enjoyable and relaxing? Can the bus stop become a place, where people just want to unwind, read a book immersed between the greenery? Can the bus stop become a place that unites and connect the neighbourhood, through the common care for the greenhouse, a place to learn and express yourself?

The 'Greenhouse' bus stop concept by Bryan Arends & Kaja Hribšek
greenhouse area

The bus stop - greenhouse consists of the two areas, the more traditional waiting area and a greenhouse area, where one can enter and sit surrounded by the flowers. Through the choice of aromatic and herbal plants, a pleasant experience is created. The plants filter the air and as well work as natural isolators, dimming the sounds from the noisy road. Due to the structure and isolative properties of the greenhouse it provides a great shelter in the winter, as it warms up the space. And in the summer, due to its openings and a ventilation system, a pleasant breeze can be let through. The bus stop takes use of what the nature provides. An incorporated watering system, takes use of the rainwater to water the plants. The solar-powered energy powers all of the lights and the watering system. The bus stop even stretches beyond its borders as there is a garden area around it as well, where aromatic plants are planted - creating the stop as its own green zone. Our bus stop becomes a place of cultivation and well-being.

The concept of sustainability

As the designers in these times, where the care for the environment and sustainability is of utmost importance, the choice of materials was very important for our bus stop design. Due to that, we have chosen to use the material resysta. Resysta is predominantly made up of rice hull, a waste product found within the food industry, and has many similar qualities to that of wood. It is a circular and fully sustainable material, with great building qualities.

However, we do not see sustainability just in the choice of material. We see sustainability as well in creating a healthy environment, with good atmosphere that will as well last. For us, the approach to sustainability is as well an approach to well-being.

We asked ourselves the following: In the times, where we are constantly on the go and under stress, can we increase the well-being of a person in their daily lives, even if just for a few minutes, while waiting on the bus? Can even the bus stop become a place to relax for a minute and set your mind at ease?

Therefore this bus station promotes a healthy environment, with aromatic plants for well-being, plants that through filtering, provide better air quality, creating a shelter, creating a place where one feels warm and relaxed. What better way to bring that, than to use the technology of the greenhouse, which is one of the greatest Dutch achievements in growing plants more sustainably?

Greenhouse technology
Greenhouse technology

Design by Ilya Doreanu & Ebru Güner

The Seagull bus stop is a proposal for the Vuurbaakplein at Katwijk aan zee.

“The bus stop is a transition space of pause and travel for people, just as the beach is for the seagull”
Seagull Bus Stop design by Ilya Doreanu & Ebru Güner
'Seagull' bus stop design

Design and Location

The Vuurbaakplein is the place of tourist attraction, were people are coming for memories. And the Seagull is the bird associated with a beauty of the sea and just like a bird hovering around the light tower, and therefore the bus stop which is an abstraction of the seagull is becoming a natural and monumental part of the place that creates memories through associations and curiosity, making you want to come back.

Seagull Bus Stop design by Ilya Doreanu & Ebru Güner
Vuurbaakplein - 'Seagull' bus stop design

Materials

The main structure is designed with stylized resysta and tempered glass. The special paving tiles have semi-crushed oyster shells from the local seafood industry included in the concrete. Which are spread like that of sea shells on the sand of the beach. They invite people to touch, play, photograph, and interact with the site.

What have we learned

The design invites travellers to let their intuition become the innovation through their exploration of form, material and structure. This is to build a connection of memory with the place. We believe, that beyond materiality, that this should be considered as another form of sustainability - a sustainability of empathy towards a physical design.

Design by Ilya Doreanu & Ebru Güner

Cardboard Bus Stop design by Ilya Doreanu & Ebru Güner
Vuurbaakplein Bus Stop - Cardboard design

Design & Location

The Vuurbaak is the second oldest preserved lighthouse in the Netherlands. Given its history and the role the lighthouse has played in the past as a local fishing guide in Katwijk Aan Zee, it felt natural to design a bus stop that gently complements the monument and its surroundings. Although the design of the cardboard tube bus stop is suitable to multi- ple locations.

Cardboard Bus Stop is an additional design we developed motivated by curiosity in the development of a simple wood joinery and construction properties of cardboard tubes. Such construction allows a possibility of a simple assembly by nonprofessionals and easy maintenance of the whole. It provides modularity and therefore efficiency and speed in replacement of damaged details. The use of such technics has been proven on many examples in architecture today.

Cardboard Bus Stop
wood joinery

Material

Besides the interest in the construction of such design, our focus was on to the choice of fully sustainable set of materials that can work well together and complement each other. The materials that are used are: Acoya wood, reinforced (recycled) cardboard tubes, Resys- ta panels, tempered glass and concrete.

All together it provides a sustainable, recyclable, inexpensive, long lasting, scalable, versa- tile design with a very minimal CO2 emission.

Design by Philip Atanasov & Courteney Reitz

The Site

When approached with the Groenelijn project by Arriva and OFN, we, Philip Atanasov and Courteney Reitz, decided to work with ‘De Nachtegaal’ as our chosen site for out bus stop design proposal.

We chose this site because of it surrounding openness created by fields that grow a variety of flower bulbs. The existing bus stop at the location is situated between the busy road of Herenweeg and these vast fields. It acts as a space of transition between human, agriculture and nature, and our aim was to bridge these contrasting factors.

'Wild Card' Bus Stop design by Philip Atanasov & Courteney Reitz
De Nachtegaal - 'Wild Card' Bus Stop design

Concept

In reminiscence of the Lisse landscape and the tulip fields, the bus stop became a celebration and a homage to its local symbol of the site — the tulip.

Working with the given context of the Herenweeg meant creating an addition to the entirely man-built environment which abides by the rules of urban planning. Rigid, parallel, and perpendicular lines all round, the bus stop draws inspiration from the delicateness of the flower’s petals. Our goal was to design a structure that makes use of a more fluid morphology which aims to break the visual landscape, by acting as a sculptural piece that enhances both the site and the way that locals engage with their daily commuting.

How this was achieved, was by allowing feature openings that frame the view of the surroundings. Pocket ‘windows’ were also used for the visitors’ awareness of the arrival of the bus whilst waiting.

The slanted roof panels have been positioned in such a way as to re-direct the rainfall onto the extremities of the bus stop, thus providing shelter against the rains. The layering of panels operates in such a way that the roof creates a ‘waterfall’ effect, this also contributes to the way in which water drainages from the Sedum roof.

Sitting benches were also integrated in the structure, both underneath the roof, as well as on the outside for when the weather conditions allow it. This increases the capacity for seating, particularly when dealing with current constraints such as social distancing.

The organic contours and their voids create a play of light and shadow through a day, thus making the shelter dynamic. The organic shape and delicate lines intrigue the eye, and ultimately aim to create an atmosphere where people may focus on the architecture of the shelter, what it offers, it's materiality and its surrounding.

Wild Card bus stop design by Philip Atanasov & Courteney Reitz
Inside the 'Wild Card' bus stop

Our design is called the ‘Wild Card’ as it puts into question what a bus stop is and can be, and also questions where art, design and functionality meet within public space.

Materiality & Sustainability

We feel that the notion of sustainability is to design with sensitivity. To be considerate of one’s material sourcing, of its process and its craft -- to focus on the details within the design.

Our design approaches sustainability, by focusing mainly on one sustainable material: Resysta.

Wild Card bus stop design materials
Resysta panel construction

Resysta is predominantly made up of rice hull, a waste product found within the food industry, and has many similar qualities to that of wood. It is fully recyclable in its circularity and a promising material for a variety of possibilities.

We see this material as a potential for the future of bus stops and within our design we saw it as a moment to push Resysta’s capabilities and exploit them. We chose to use it not only for its aesthetic qualities, but to try to determine new ways of using it as a structural material.

Wild Card bus stop design materials
Sedum panel construction

A secondary material which we saw paired well with our use of Resysta is that of the Sedum plant. It not only added a living element to the design, but it contributes to the processing of carbon dioxide and its surrounding environment. By finding an amalgamation of these two materials, as well as, that of form and design sensitivity, we feel that our design speaks and represents what sustainability can look like.

Learning Objectives

While working on this project we became inspired by the possibilities of new materials and processes that fall within the sustainable category. We felt that it showed us that complex designs can still be achieved with sustainability in mind and via the use of unconventional materials and methods.

Another important point for us was learning how to marry concept, function, aesthetic and sustainability together into a result that we believe can be used and enjoyed by the public. We decided to break the ‘standard’ perception of what a bus stop is and rather have someone look at it and think: what else can it be?

Lastly, we want to comment on another aspect of what we learnt, and that is the question of what sustainability can be? Sustainability is no longer solely based on materiality. There are many other ways that sustainability can find its way into design and the manufactured world. One needs to start thinking about the impact of a design on its user, its purpose and what message it portrays.

Wild Card bus stop design by Philip Atanasov & Courteney Reitz
'Wild Card' bus stop design

Bryan Arends
Philip Atanasov
Ilya Doreanu
Ebru Güner
Kaja Hribšek
Courteney Reitz

Guest tutors
Ernie Mellegers, Bert Lonsain

Project/studio supervision
Lada Hršak

Client
Arriva Personenvervoer Nederland B.V

Innovatie voor onderweg (OFN) has provided Arriva with advice on this project

OFN's extensive experience, material independence and independent position in the market, is an indispensable partner of Arriva, providing advice, from the design phase to the final commissioning or delivery of an object or project.

Project details

Partner

Arriva Personenvervoer Nederland B.V.

Assignment

Concept, design and detailing of one, or more bus stops along the trajectory of Arriva's Green Bus line 90

Year

2020-2021

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