Coney Island's Stillwell Avenue Terminal is the largest above-ground station in New York City's subway system. After years of deferred maintenance, the 90-year-old station was redesigned by New York City Transit's in-house design staff. The resulting station, completed in 2006, is about 50 percent new construction, including a new train shed that covers the station's four platforms and eight tracks.
Kiss + Cathcart, Architects of Brooklyn designed this shed roof, which employs modular photovoltaic panels as its primary finish material. The train shed project was a winner of the 2006 EPA/New York City Green Building Competition, and was chosen the 2007 Renewable Energy Project of the Year by the New York Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers. It also received an Honorable Mention in the AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Green Project Awards for 2007.
The redesigned train station celebrates Coney Island's character and history and has catalyzed a regeneration of the area. It provides passengers with a grand sense of arrival, and the articulation of the roof structure recalls the neo-Victorian vernacular of Coney Islandís amusement areas, while the high-tech photovoltaic system looks to the future needs of the terminal. Old structures such as the Wonder Wheel stand across the street from the terminal, framed in view by the train shed structure.
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