Cebu Bus Rapid Transit Station

Can transit infrastructure be a monument for a city's culture?

Cebu City, Philippines
Completed 2016

As a part of the Philippines’ first Bus Rapid Transit system, Cebu needed a system of modular stations that embraced local heritage while projecting a new future for the city. Our design creates a pragmatic bus station without sacrificing expressivity, using a limited set of architectural moves to create an evocative screen of louvers that echo Cebu’s long legacy of textile production. The roof and canopy structure is borne of a folding operation, whereby the horizontal and vertical surfaces are geometrically matched. The folds create an alternating spatial bias for loading passengers and draining rainwater toward retention tanks, keeping roads dry during the wet season.

  • PROJECT TEAM: Carlos Arnaiz, Libo Li, Wayne Erb