Has anyone seen the new bus stops around San Francisco? The latest bus stops from the SFMTA are designed by Lundberg Design, one of my favorite architecture firms in the Bay Area. Having designed well-known chic spaces such as Larry’s Ellison’s modernist manse on Broadway and the Slanted Door Restaurant, Lundberg was asked by the city to design something pretty utilitarian for him – a bus stop. But Lundberg’s bus stop was no ordinary one – this one generates power for the city using a solar-paneled roof co-developed with 3Form, Konarka Technologies and Clear Channel Outdoor.
The piece de resistance of the design is the red, asymmetric wave-shaped roof, which was modeled after seismic waves (kind of a sick joke for San Franciscan’s no?). Besides being fun and daring, the roof, which is made of 40 percent post-consumer recycled polycarbonate and features integrated photovoltaic cells, generates enough energy to run itself plus enough to send some back into the city’s energy grid. If you haven’t seen one yet, don’t worry – over the next five years the city plans to install 1,100 more.
Images courtesy of Interior Design Magazine