Cleveland exists as a hub today because of it’s original prominence as a maritime hub on the Great Lakes. As a new era in transportation dawns, it is time to repay a debt to Lake Erie. The design for the new rail station takes inspiration from a damp leaf after a rainstorm. A few droplets of rain may have pooled in the leaf, and slowly dribble to the earth below. The water is then filtered through the ground and dispersed back to our streams and lakes. In a similar way, the ribs of the design channel Clevelands 40” of yearly precipitation along their creases and into filtration pools below. The building moves beyond being part of only a transportation system, and becomes part of an ecosystem.
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