Sustainable Boat-Shaped Tahoe City Transit Centre Displaying Rustic Elements
WRNS Studio designed the brand new boat-shaped Tahoe City Transit Centre, to encourage a greater reliance on public transportation. The Lake Tahoe is known for its recreational purposes, being an excellent choice for those who seek to find the perfect relaxing weekend getaway. The structure looks neat and welcoming, inviting you to take a seat and enjoy the view while waiting for “your ride”. To achieve this modern with-a-little-bit-of-rustic-look, the studio responsible with the project, chose western red cedar and Sierra granite to define it. “The Tahoe City Transit Center incorporates surface parking for 130 cars, a bus loop for six regional buses, and a transit facility with two restrooms, administrative space, built-in bike lockers, and an enclosed meeting area for up to 40 people.”
The transit centre looks like a boat. The roof, supported by a couple of stone columns, has been designed to hold up the snow during wintertime, incorporating a special snow melt system. Moreover, it comes equipped also with a rainwater harvesting system. Tahoe City Transit Centre is the spot where one departs from and returns to. Built with sustainability in mind, it conserves energy. To be more specific, the roof integrates laminated solar cells, it has operable windows which favour natural ventilation and thermally massive walls.