On the north end of Brattleboro’s Putney Road, Great River Terrace provided an opportunity for us to inspire and engage the community through functional public art, making tangible the work we do as designers. Windham & Windsor Housing Trust’s new permanent supportive housing complex includes a transit stop for its residents and staff. They accepted our proposition to create and install a bespoke bus shelter deploying architecture at the scale of furniture.
With seed money from the Trust, and a generous amount of contributed material and labor, a bold form was designed by Austin Design’s Bryan Louisell and fabricated with many willing hands, its familiar gable the shape of a home distilled to its essence. The steel frame, created with the talented Gordon Moore of Windham Architectural Metals, houses a translucent panel with the artwork of local noted artist Laura Zindel, the nestled eggs speaking of shelter and care. We hope this will be the first of several other site-specific installations in the community.
Special thanks for this labor of love to all who contributed and assisted!
type: public transit stop
location: brattleboro, vt
The bus shelter looks great! Thanks for the work you put into it, and for helping out the residents at Great River Terrace.
There’s a nice community developing up there, and this will definitely make it seem more homey to the folks living there.
—Peter Paggi , Windham & Windsor Housing Trust