Stop For Change

Creating The First Bus Stop in Willistown Township, PA. 

Questions the were considered to approach the problem:

Necessities: What are the must haves, what is essential to the project?

  • Four walls and a roof.
  • Seating.
  • Sightlines.
  • Safe design.
  • Weather protection. 

 What are new features to add to conventional bus stop design?

  • Ways to communicate to buses. ex. number of people waiting.
  • Bluelight safety system. (commonly seen on college campuses) 
  • LED Lighting.
  • Charging.

What must the project accomplish in the eyes of the client?

  • Feel in line with the township setting and be respectful of surroundings.
  • No too large or costly
  • Durable and suitable for long term use with minimal maintenance.
  • Accommodating, handicap accessibility, serve the needs of bus riders.

The Problem:

Hundreds of commuters use the local bus network daily and our township does not provide the necessary shelter given our area’s climate swings of heavy rains, heat, and snow. The bus shelter would protect these commuters as well as provide additional efficiency to the route as the stop can alert the driver of how many awaiting passengers there are allowing better preparation for additional passenger and monitor route growth.


My proposal would create an area of interest in what is currently a gravel lot corner of an intersection adjacent to a nature preserve. The proposal solves a clear need and does so on a daily basis for users of the bus passengers unlike event specific architecture, this becomes part of the local area’s infrastructure. My design also seeks to promote sustainable modern design which can coexist with historical local architecture by rethinking historical building materials in a modern context.

Site Plan: 


Digital Model:


3-D Model: 

Design Inspiration and Material Choices:

Materials Required:

  • Steel
  • Concrete
  • Blue stone
  • Field stone
  • Glass
  • Pea gravel

The materials are sourced from the local architecture of the area including barns and traditional Pennsylvania farmhouses. The natural materials of the building will be reminiscent of these traditional local structures but the modern design will stand out. All of these materials are in turn, durable being primarily stone and metals making them perfect for the high traffic area that is the bus stop. The durability and seasonal longevity of the materials in combination with their local sources and relative affordability make them an ideal choice for the bus stop. Lastly, these materials are pleasing to the audience and will never go out of style. When surrounded by pea gravel and

Concept Sketches and Designs:


Space Analysis Chart:

Use Who Approximate Space Light Sound Proximity Features
Parking, rest Commuters, day trips, visitors. 100sq ft

A lot

Some natural light and night time artificial light

Announcing system for approaching buses. Ability for the visually impared to be altered.

Major road, West Chester PIke.

Nature preserve.

Lighting, seating, charging, and communication system with buses.


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