The Fullerton and Belmont Stations replaced overburdened historic stations with fully accessible multi-modal facilities. The stations serve as transfer hubs for the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red, Brown and Purple Lines, carrying more than 10,000 daily passengers (~ 65% of the system’s traffic).
At street level, two plazas and their respective stationhouses offer generous circulation to and through the station. Fare collection gateways are supporting by white brick pylons, from which lighter stairs connect to the platforms. Within the plazas, concrete columns taper to provide visual relief and a canvas for artwork bearing the weight of the new, sound-dampening track structure above.
The historic stationhouses were moved across the streets, restored, and now provide full access as originally intended. The most prominent feature of both stations is the incorporation of natural light into the streetscape and experience. Layers of perforated stainless-steel panels and patterned glass walls slide past stair openings to shelter and bring light deep into the stationhouses; transforming artificial environments into spaces that blur the threshold to the outdoor streetscapes that surrounds them. Light structural members and reflective finishes sustain the diffusion of natural light, and are designed to accommodate future extensions of canopy enclosure and the replacement of concrete platforms with glass flooring over the streets and plazas.