UW Link Station, Sound Transit

Knitting together multiple modes of transportation, the 156,000-square-foot Sound Transit University of Washington Station creates a unified solution for a problematic and incredibly busy Seattle intersection. A gateway to the university campus, it provides a wealth of above- and below-grade experiences.

The primary component of the project is the train platform, which sits 100 feet underground and is accessed by escalators and elevators from a two-level glass headhouse. Along the way, users experience a merger of architecture and art as they transition between surface and platform. Clean and visually economical, the structure greets commuters at multiple levels, and allows foot and bike traffic to access alternatives to the street. New bike ramps play a critical role in expanding Seattle’s bicycle commuter network and connect the station to a 27-mile rail trail.