[URBAN NOTE] blogTO on York University Station
Designed by Foster + Partners, not only will this be one of the busiest stops on the line, but it’s one of those buildings that goes well beyond mere utility in the hopes of adding to a campus that’s in the midst of an architectural awakening.
The sweeping roof that connects each station entrance provides a dramatic centrepiece in the York University Common, but it’s also an environmental feature of the structure as its anodized aluminum panels reflect sunlight and absorb very little heat.
The west-facing “light scoop” provides a stunning view for passengers exiting the station, but also allows for less reliance on electric light sources. Meanwhile the helix-like supports on the concourse level make the station appear futuristic without coming off as hokey.