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Vote on the New Tacoma Amtrak Station Clocktower
WSDOT is looking for public input on proposed designs for a clocktower at the new Amtrak Station that will be located at Freighthouse Square.
Following the generally negative response to the initial design for the station (see Amshack), WSDOT has been working with a Citizen Advisory Committee on new designs. The station has been relocated from the original location at the west end of Freighthouse Square to the center section, and a new, more popular design includes floor-to-ceiling windows with a wood beam interior. The new Tacoma Amtrak station is scheduled to be open and serving passengers in 2017.
The Advisory Committee has also recommended a clocktower be added to the design, which they believe would be an iconic addition to the Tacoma landscape. The proposal is for the tower to be located on 25th Street, in front of the station, and across from the commuter parking garage. It would stand 80 to 90 feet tall. Three design concepts have been proposed, which is where you come in - WSDOT wants public feedback on the preferred tower design from the three in the images above.
This concept draws inspiration from the form of a person walking down the street. The reference to movement and travel provides the suggestion of animation to the structure. This concept would have two support footings at ground level and a clock face on two sides.
This concept reflects a historic railroad trestle, common throughout the country. At the same time, modern design elements have been added to the tower to give it a timeless feel. This clocktower concept has three support footings at ground level and three clock faces.
This design combines art and function by creating a tower-like structure that evokes the traditional form of ‘clock tower’, using materials of varying transparency to create a “there but not there” feeling. The support footing for this concept would be square or rectangular at ground level. It also would have two clock faces.
So, which design do you prefer?
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