'Cloud-like' transit centre tribute to civil rights heroine completes in Detroit

Consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff has completed the $22.5m Rosa Parks Transit Centre in Detroit, US.

The centre is a 25,000-square-foot indoor facility enabling customers to make connections to 21 bus routes, a smart suburban bus system, Transit Windsor for international connections and taxi access. It is dedicated to the civil rights activist who is widely credited with starting the civil rights movement in America by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery. Alabama in 1955.

Rosa Parks transit centre, Detroit

Parsons Brinckerhoff said the new station has “cloud-like fabric canopies, providing the openness of a park-like setting combined with the strength to withstand Michigan's ever-changing and sometimes intense weather conditions.” The roofs are designed to funnel rainwater to unoccupied garden areas.

Rosa Parks transit centre, Detroit

The project was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff on behalf of the Detroit Department of Transportation.