This is a sneak-peek of my final year design project in arch school. It was an interchange station, i.e. a station where travellers could switch between trains, bus rapid transport and matatus (the local name for paratransit in Kenya). The concept guiding the design of the overall form was 'The Iron Snake', an ancient tribal prophecy attributed to several tribes in Kenya. According to this prophecy, the coming of the white man (and hence the onset of colonial rule) would initially consist of a black iron snake billowing smoke and sliding on top of another snake with its head in one large mass of water and its tail in another. This came to pass during the construction of the Kenya-Uganda Railway that linked Indian Ocean to Lake Victoria.
I used parametric design to achieve the dynamic form, primarily modelling using SketchUp. This was by far the biggest risk I had ever taken design-wise, and 75% of my time was spent learning the software afresh since my knowledge up to that point had only scratched the surface 😅 As a result, I barely made it through the year, coz I hadn't spent enough time experimenting with parametric design in my previous years to help in dealing with the finer details like constructability.
I have continued working on the design beyond the submission date, partly out of curiosity of what a 'complete station' should contain, and partly because this project gave me an all-time high out of all the projects I did in arch school. It was a meeting point between what I was studying, and science fiction (my main interest in movies and tv series), with parametric design forming the bridge between the two (the dreamers and the creators). And anyway, design never really ends... #parametricdesign #sketchup #publictransport #urbandesign