vehovar & jauslin and formTL inflate aarau bus station canopy
image courtesy of vehovar & jauslin
in aarau, switzerland, architects vehovar & jauslin with engineering firm formTL, have constructed a large floating structure that stands over the town’s bus station. supported by a steel table, the transparent canopy is made from an upper blue and lower clear ETFE-foil, printed with a bubble pattern that together creates a sinuously formed air-tight cushion that is butt-welded without visible repetition. the ‘aarau bus station’ covers an area of 1,000 square meters, with an organically-shaped void at its center that, while still functioning as a shelter for passengers, offers an open, airy and light-filled atmosphere that is otherwise not felt in transportation hubs of its kind.