Glass Shelter is a solar-powered bus stop with LED-embedded screens that provide transit route information as well as data for weather and time. The schedule is illuminated on the shelter wall. While waiting for the bus users can also interact via smart phone apps to confirm the next scheduled stop, timetable and more, as well as enjoy full Wi-Fi connectivity.
The concept focuses on the application of cutting-edge glass technology to create an elegant and user-friendly product that allows commuters to make the most of their transport experience. A panellised-glass enclosure system with simple yet sophisticated components will make it an iconic element in the streetscape. Two panel types will form the shelter – bent panels that form the wall and roof, and vertical media panels. Simple stainless-steel angle plates hold the cantilevered glass sheets.
The shelter is composed of three distinct zones: an open but wind-protected zone, a roofed area, and a covered as well as enclosed area for seating. Views of the surroundings can be enjoyed while people sit or stand. The length and depth of the shelter can be adjusted to suit the site.
Lighting and data cabling run parallel to the glass support structure to feed the media wall, bench (with embedded heating and lighting elements) and its thermostat during cold weather months.
The various PV cell, LED media, structure and lighting technologies have been integrated seamlessly into the glass panel structure. The photovoltaic array, the LED ambient lighting, and the media wall system are under development. The media will provide real-time information in a two-way display embedded in the glass panels. There will also be a smaller integrated tactile monitor located on the internal face of the enclosure.
Virtual and physical mock-ups of the glass structure have been prepared to establish the optimum system for bent glass lamination, base support fixings, interlayer thickness and edge detailing of the curved/ circular glass bench. A prototype of the main wall and roof is being planned.