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Melbourne looks to biophilic design for new metro stations

State Library Station
State Library Station

The Victorian government has revealed the final designs for five metro stations that will open in Melbourne in 2025.

Public transport minister Jacinta Allen said the stations and their surrounds would set new benchmarks for architecture, sustainability and urban design, and focus on natural light, space and functionality.

The reveal follows a report released last year by Deakin University and Ecopolis, funded by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (now Rail Projects Victoria), which looked at ways the new stations could integrate biophilic design.

Many of the concept images revealed on Wednesday show a high amount of natural light and wood products in the designs, which are a collaboration with Hassell, Weston Williamson, and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. Water-sensitive urban design is also a key inclusion.

North Melbourne

“The final designs for the Metro Tunnel’s five new underground train stations will deliver the best passenger experience in stunningly designed and spacious settings,” Ms Allen said.

“The Metro Tunnel will deliver five new architectural landmarks for Melbourne and the turn-up-and-go train system our city needs.”

New Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp said the stations would be “bold and exciting” additions to the city that would also offer “enhanced public spaces”.

The five new stations will be known as North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac.

North Melbourne will feature a large brick arched entrance to reflect industrial heritage with skylights to filter light down to the platform. It will include 120 bike parking spaces, a new landscaped public space featuring predominantly native species, tree pits and garden beds in the station plaza and additional tree planting to capture stormwater, provide shade and improve air quality.

North Melbourne Station

Parkville’s main entrance will feature a 50-metre-long glass and steel canopy to draw natural light into the station concourse. The entrance has been designed to sit within the tree canopy to blend in with the surrounding environment. The street will be landscaped with new trees and low-height landscaping to provide a green link between Royal Parade and University Square. It will include more than 250 new bike parking spaces and a wider bike lane. The new station precinct will create 3500 square metres of new public space, and use water sensitive design to reduce flood risk, reduce stormwater runoff and provide passive irrigation to plants.

Parkville Station

State Library Station will see the surrounding precinct transformed to provide better spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and the area’s growing residential community, with wider footpaths and dedicated on-street cycle lanes for Franklin Street, closing A’Beckett Street permanently to through traffic, path-widening and tree planting on Swanston Street, and more that 70 new bicycle parks. There will be 3500 sq m of new public space and a 50 per cent increase in the canopy.

State Library Station

Town Hall Station will include open space at the centre of City Square for functions and celebrations, and will provide more than 70 new bike parking spaces. Street improvements include wider pavements, more trees and increased seating. Trees will be planted directly in garden beds or lawn areas with large soil volumes, and in paved areas with trees that can take in stormwater to provide passive irrigation and water treatment.

Town Hall Station

Anzac Station has been designed as a “pavilion in the park” that connects seamlessly with surrounding parklands. A large skylight embedded in the tram stop will fill the station concourse below with natural light. Albert Road Reserve will be expanded and enhanced as a community park, providing a green link between the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve, Domain Parklands, Albert Park and beyond to Port Phillip Bay. There will be over 120 new bike parking spaces, and a shared use path through the new Albert Road Reserve. The project will increase overall tree canopy coverage in the station precinct, with new trees planted on St Kilda Road and in the surrounding area. The tram platform will also feature trees and dense low-height landscaping.

Anzac Station

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2 Responses to “Melbourne looks to biophilic design for new metro stations”

  • Malcolm Green says:

    The designs look great !

    We live on the Shepparton Seymour Regional Rail Line. All our train journeys take more than 1 hour.
    On these trains, they often don’t have the heating/cooling right. In the evening the lights are very bright, when what a human needs is a warm dim light. They are so noisy from mechanical noise that you have to turn your earphones up loud to hear whatever your watching on the iPad, loud enough to trouble your ears. And they are slow.
    City/country divide, boring however yes it seems to exist.I’ll state the obvious, it would be nice to have biophilic trains on the regional rail service.

  • Phil says:

    Looks good on paper – but then, so did the design for the “Current” North Melbourne station. – Years after the construction crew moved out, it is still half finished with exposed concrete walls/pillars and only half of the covering in place so customers have to pass through a 1 meter gap to go from the platform to the train in the rain – just enough to get wet.

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