The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) sets a precedent for civic-minded transit hubs in the U.S.
Drawing inspiration from classic transit halls including Grand Central Station in New York as well as the structural elegance of local airship hangars, the HOK and WSP design features a signature parabolic form. A diagrid structural system of diamond-shaped steel arches is infilled with translucent ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) pillows.
The long-span, grid shell structure creates a grand, light-filled atrium space that accommodates open circulation. As darkness falls, ARTIC becomes lit from within and acts as a beacon for the community.
The station was conceived as a catalyst for transforming Anaheim’s core into a pedestrian-friendly zone that promotes connectivity. Known as the “Platinum Triangle,” the area around the station includes Angel Stadium, the Honda Center, the Anaheim Convention Center and Disneyland. The master plan establishes a clear pedestrian pathway flanked by future mixed-use development with ARTIC as the primary destination.
ARTIC’s vault-shaped structure acts in concert with advanced mechanical systems to optimize energy efficiency, contributing to its LEED-NC Platinum certification.
The station has the inherent flexibility to adapt to serve as a southern terminus for California’s future high-speed rail system.