Union Station's Bicycle Transit Center
In the midst of a livable cities movement, D.C.'s transit hub has taken the next step to encourage alternative means of transportation. The transit hub is promoting bicycle use by providing secure parking, rental, and retail uses. The kiosk's sleek form echoes a bicycles wheel's elegance and efficiency with arched steel tubes stabilized by a series of "spokes" or stainless steel tie rods in order to lighted the structure. An energy efficient "skin" optimizes transparency while further moderating temperature. Further minimizing heat gain, denser graduated ceramic frit low-e glazing, opens up progressively to views of the plaza level.