Strategically located in the gateway of Alabang in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila, Philippines, this 59,286-square meter transportation hub sitting atop a 64,614-square meter property connects the south to the rest of the metropolis. Included in its program is a transportation terminal for busses, jeepneys, and shuttles; retail commercial center; and a hotel.
More than acting as a gateway, Lotus Central Station is designed to smoothen the traffic congestion in the area brought by a lack of systematized loading and unloading bays for public utility vehicles and a hazardous pedestrian environment. To do so, an organized inter-modal transit hub composed of multi-level stations is introduced to establish order and create a safer environment for the pedestrians while subtly incorporating retail vehicles, pedestrian, commerce, and the district.
Physically, this positive coalescence is embodied in a fluid form. The soft and continuous contour imparts a visual connection with the environment that creates a seamless relationship with the highways and the urban fabric of the area. This flowing form also represents loops efficiently tracked by the commuters inside the structure.