The “front door” to a major retail and transit hub, the project location suffered from excessive automobile traffic and a pedestrian-unfriendly landscape. As part of an Enhancement Program for the Pentagon City Metro Station, KGP Design Studio was responsible for the design of a variety of structures including escalator and stair canopies, elevator, bus mini-terminals, and a Vendors’ Pavilion. As a means of urbanizing and organizing the expansive intersection, the metro canopies were designed as a visual anchor for the intersection. At the primary entries, steel tapered masts support the steel ribbed glass canopies as well as changing banner for advertising events. Similar more modest structures shelter a stairway and vendors on the adjacent corners.
The bus mini-terminals, with visibility in mind, maximize openness with a cantilevered glass canopy. An independent structural glass windscreen is supported by a continuous granite base and with seating.