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3 December 2014

Architects React to Design of Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center


The Orange County Register provides a preview of the 67,000-sq.-ft. Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), which will open on Dec. 6.

Many local architects, notes the newspaper, are calling the facility, designed by HOK with Parsons Brinckerhoff, “a modern marvel and the future of transportation.”

“Traditionally, train stations have great, open spaces that provide a natural connection, and I love buildings that can make a beautiful structural geometry,” said Ernest Cirangle, FAIA, LEED AP, HOK’s design principal for the project.

“It inevitably flaunts the accepted rules of Orange County design,” said Graeme Morland, a professor at the USC School of Architecture who specializes in contemporary transit-station designs.

“ARTIC is an essential part of the urban infrastructure, stitching together the disparate transportation network inherited from the past,” Morland said. “This building is magnificent in its aspiration to service so many people in the melting pot of daily travel exchange.”

“The ETFE pillows give a very distinct, soft feel to the entire shell, reflecting a silver light and allowing for a beautiful presence to make this an iconic place,” said Marc Schulitz, an assistant professor at Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Architecture who designed the 2006 World Cup stadium in Hanover, Germany, which incorporated ETFE into the design.

“The outcome is spectacular,” Schulitz said. “It will be a place where people will flock to and a grand gateway for people visiting the city.”

“My question is, what’s taken so long to implement such an innovative design that heavily helps the environment?” said Craig Hodgetts, founder of Hodgetts + Fung Architecture and a professor at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

“It wraps many desirable qualities into one package,” Hodgetts said. “I’m willing to bet the design initially caused some stress for the powers that be, but ARTIC will build confidence in the future for a contemporary architectural expression.”

Orange County Register