New Carrollton

New Carrollton “Branching Out” Purple Line
2017-2023, New Carrollton, MD

Vicki Scuri SiteWorks with Alexandr Polzin
Engineer: Atkins Global
Sponsored by the Maryland Transit Administration 

“Branching Out” is inspired by natural beauty and wooded parklands and celebrates tree canopies by creating a display in the station glass adding color, texture, and context to the station architecture, recalling the urban forest and honoring it. The imagery is digitally processed to abstract the forms, creating an array of brightly colored circles, rings and dots that group to create a rich palette of color and imagery. The patterning references two seasons: Autumn and Spring. Golden yellow and rust red, and deep green combine to suggest autumn. A combination of three greens, bright yellow green, rich green, and a deep green, suggests spring. The station glass uses a digitally designed baked enamel image system. The two colorful pattern sequences distinguish the platform, marking direction and creating a sense of place. The color banding becomes a way finding device. These marking systems promote place making and enhance visual perception while adding beauty and pedestrian scale to the station architecture. The leaf theme is continued on the ground plane through the use of colorful brick pavers patterned to create leaf shapes and color bands.

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