The Bus Route – Overall concept for BRT system
Gottlieb Paludan Architects’ design concept for Bussveien (The Bus Route) is based on a few, thoroughly processed concepts and detailed solutions to give the mass-transit system a recognisable image.
Bussveien (The Bus Route) in the area around Stavanger will be the longest bus-based mass-transit system in Europe with a dedicated 50-kilometre busway and will have a profound effect on regional travelling patterns. The winning proposal – a modular design concept called “Den Røde Tråden” (The Common Thread) – processes bus stops, adjacent urban spaces and technical installations in one integrated solution.
Accessibility is key for the project, as are easy orientation and security for all travellers by providing a spatial hierarchy that is easy to interpret and good lighting. The possibility of intermodal travel is supported by well-integrated bicycle parking set up at the end of the individual platforms.
The project approaches the unavoidable weathering of the materials as a creative limitation and proposes that the materials be extracted and processed locally to interpret the regional landscape: granite is a recurring material and alternates with rusty red cortensteel, referencing the region’s tiled roofs.