Minister for Public Transport The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP has recently released updated images of the Metro Tunnel Project, Victoria’s biggest ever public transport proposal. The brand new Melbourne metro stations are a collaborative design effort between Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Weston Williamson and Hassell, with the five new metro stations planned to be built over the next seven years.The new underground stations will be named North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac. The architects designed the project with an emphasis on natural light, public space and the latest innovation in station design.
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners state that the new Melbourne metro stations aim to draw on the “local character” of each unique area. Renders display North Melbourne station’s vaulted red-brick entrance, and the State Library’s curving, criss-cross wooden beams. Towering, concrete columns define Town Hall station, highlighting its cosmopolitan centrality. An enormous timber-framed roof will shelter Anzac station, while Parkville features peaked, glass walkways for commuters.Recently, the architectural team released a joint statement about the overall vision of the ambitious project:
“Passenger experience has been at the heart of our design. The stations open up to fresh air and natural light and the underground spaces have a generous civic quality that will feel safe and intuitive to use. But this project isn’t just about adding new stations, it actually creates five extraordinary new public buildings and transformative public places for Melbourne. Together these new places will add a brand new layer to Melbourne, amplifying and connecting to what makes our city one of the world’s most liveable. We’re proud to be part of this project that will help shape the way the city works today, into the next century.”
Sydney is similarly fielding major metro expansions, with British firm Foster + Partners proposing the design of a chain of seven stations along an extension of the Sydney Metro beneath the city’s harbour.