Public Work – University of Chicago
The old bus stop, adjacent to a pharmacy loading dock, consisted of a 70’s era planting scheme and absolutely no seating. The new design pulls the circulation away from the interior wall and fencing, taking out the extraneous concrete walk, to open up more room for larger planting beds. Upright oak trees provide a green backdrop which help to screen the backside of the building from the space. Wispy ornamental grasses create a soft, lush canvas for a few pops of perennial color. A simple steel railing protects the planting beds from being trampled, a common problem on public projects. Large benches provide several comfortable spots to wait for the bus. The composition is more akin to a tiny park space than a public utility.