Inspired by the nearby Sumner Link Trail on the White River, the Sumner Station Parking and Access Improvements Project is a gateway to the city of Sumner linking it to Seattle to the North, Tacoma to the West and Lakewood to the South. Taking a cue from the ever-changing natural environment surrounding the site, the design for this Project is one that continuously moves and evolves, interacting with its patrons at varying scales and speeds across seasons of the year and times of the day.
Our design features an extremely efficient building mass and site layout. To minimize site disturbance and fully capitalize on the existing conditions, an open triangular public plaza creates a threshold to the parking structure, internal circulation paths and larger community. The parking structure has been placed at the edge of the site, maximizing the irregular lot shape and allowing for the best use of public spaces, most efficient circulation vehicular and pedestrian paths and ideal opportunity for a pedestrian access bridge.
The parking structure is encompassed by an abstract arboreal inspired surface skin generated from straight linear members in a series of panels that are mass fabricated and easy to install, creating an urban forest at the facade.