UBC TRANSIT SHELTER
Szolyd Developments custom precast concrete design and manufacturing has just installed Ductal benches at the University of British Columbia, along the main campus boulevard. The designer, Public : Architecture, worked with UBC and Translink to provide new amenities and experiences for the public realm, in a responsive and reflective natural setting.
The wood cell-like structure resembles tree branches with diffused light and shadow playing on the structure and sidewalk. The shelter functions as street furniture and provides a minimal barrier to movement along the boulevard. Vertical wind screens are not provided to allow for safe and easy movement around the shelter, particularly at night. Wide Ductal precast benches allow people to sit on both sides facing the sun or street. The inherent properties of Ductal allowed the designer to explore texture, colour and profile without sacrificing durability or cost.