NO MEAN CITY Oakville Transit’s sleek Pit Stop

Bortolotto Pit Stop Oakville Transit

Cross-posted from No Mean City, Alex’s personal blog on architecture

A changeroom and lunchroom for bus drivers. That is the very prosaic program of this very beautiful building in Oakville, which I recently wrote about for Azure. (PDF is here.)

The architects, Bortolotto, have truly made something out of nothing: the site (Google Map) is as uninspiring as you can imagine, the budget was not huge, and in most contexts a structure like this would be a shed. (A decorated shed, if you’re lucky.) This project, which they’ve dubbed Pit Stop, is special.

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Bortolotto Pit Stop Oakville Transit


  1. As Hunertwasser, Calatrava, and other architects have shown, utilitarian doesn’t have to be ugly! See the former’s District Heating Plant in Vienna ( or any number of stations by the latter. Curious to know budget of this pit stop as compared to the budget for a similar building done in a more conventional manner.

  2. From what I understand, the budget was no more than a typical building of this sort. The difference is the imagination of the designers.

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