Gallery: San Francisco’s New Transbay Transit Center Sheds Glass Skin t...

Construction on San Francisco's new Transbay Transit Center and rooftop city park is currently underway, but some major changes are afoot. Rather than the see-though, sinuous glass facade, the Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed complex will now be clad in perforated aluminum. Shedding the glass facade in favor of aluminum is expected to save the project around $10 million and also make it safer in case of a terrorist attack. The architects ensure the altered exterior will still maintain its transparency and energy efficient strategy for this high speed rail station and urban park.

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  1. budryerson April 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    The role of glass was to protect the building and its visitors from wind and rain while still allowing light to enter and leave. Covering this building with chicken wire (or performated aluminum) provides little protection while blocking more light. The birds will like it better for nesting and roosting, but for us this is a lose/lose situation.

    If you must, stainless steel is a better choice of material. It is stronger, more flexible and less deformable with larger perforations than the same thickness of aluminum is. It is easier to clean and generally better looking.

    I agree with the previous comment that any neo-fortress type design decisions mean that the terrorists have truly won.

  2. den v. April 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    The “terrorists” have won.

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