Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled

The Victorian Government has unveiled updated & finalised designs for the stations on the Melbourne Metro project with each station entrance, concourse & ticketing area and platform level having its own distinct identity.

With a nod to each station location's context and heritage, the station entrances are anything but uniform.  Hassell in conjunction with Weston Williamson and Rogers Stirk & Harbour and Partners are the architects responsible for the finalised designs.

Starting at the westernmost station, North Melbourne, working eastward to the last of the new stations, Anzac, the designs have been described by the government as follows.

North Melbourne

"North Melbourne Station has an impressive large-scale brick arched entrance to reflect the area’s industrial heritage and skylights to enable natural light to filter down on the platforms and concourse." 

For the external render of the entrance, refer to the lead image above. 

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
North Melbourne concourse - image: Rail Projects Victoria
Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
North Melbourne platform - image: Rail Projects Victoria

Parkville

"A glass feature roof at the Grattan Street entrance provides passengers visiting this world class health and education precinct with a tree-lined view as well as natural light into the station concourse."

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Parkville's Grattan St entrance - image: Rail Projects Victoria

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Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Parkville concourse - image: Rail Projects Victoria
Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Parkville platform - image: Rail Projects Victoria

State Library

"Grand entrances at State Library and Town Hall Stations in the heart of the CBD will create new meeting places, with redesigned laneways including cafes and retail shops. Below Swanston Street, passengers will enjoy wide and spacious platforms framed by sweeping arches."

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
State Library Swanston Street entrance - image: Rail Projects Victoria
Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
State Library platform - image: Rail Projects Victoria

 

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Another perspective on State Library's platform ceiling - image: Rail Projects Victoria

Town Hall

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Town Hall City Square / Collins Street entrance - image: Rail Projects Victoria

 

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Town Hall Federation Square entrance - image: Rail Projects Victoria

 

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Town Hall concourse - image: Rail Projects Victoria

Anzac

"A key element at Anzac Station in Domain will be an architecturally designed canopy reaching up from below ground, providing both natural light and weather protection for the thousands of passengers each day who will move between trains and trams."

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Anzac entrance - image: Rail Projects Victoria

 

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Anzac concourse - image: Rail Projects Victoria

 

Melbourne Metro's finalised station designs unveiled
Anzac platform - image: Rail Projects Victoria

The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, and newly elected Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, also announced a wide-scale upgrade to the Elizabeth Street and Degraves Street pedestrian subways this morning.

Upgrades will include restoration and cleaning of heritage tiles in the subways and the metal partition in the Elizabeth Street subway will be replaced with glass.  

The pedestrian subway works are part of the previously announced $100 million upgrade for Flinders Street station.

Spring Street has also stated Flinders Street station will be the first of the metropolitan stations to see signage and passenger information displays where each railway line will have its own colour.

North Melbourne station, née Arden, will be the centre of a new redevelopment zone in which the state government is a major landholder and has previously announced it intends to use that position to effect a greater supply of residential development within the zone.  

The Premier is currently on a trade mission to China where he's set to inspect the progress on the construction of the tunnel boring machines that will build the Melbourne Metro Tunnel.

Trains are set to commence running through the new stations in 2025.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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Mr Miyagi
I agree with Rohan, We are happy to help the Melbourne Metro Authority with the next round of final designs to make Melbourne better can you please call us? Thanks
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Melbcity's picture
Some of the designs look exciting EXCEPT - The Domain/ANZAC Station. This is a lost opportunity for the local community which lacks amenity and has no planning. Divided between two municipalities, it is the forgotten precinct. The Domain Station was a once in a life time opportunity to provide local shops and amenity. The Domain Road shopping centre has lost its post office and many local shops have been converted to bars, cafes and restaurants. Installing local shops, mini supermarkets etc would have provided residents and office workers with a much needed local community focus. The City of Melbourne knew this yet they failed to follow up with the concept plan and design development. Chalk it up to another failure by Rob Adams and his Urban design team. The City of Port Philip NEVER considers and form of meaningful planning of this precinct. The area between Queens Road and St Kilda Road should be transferred into the City of Melbourne, who will, hopefully, begin to consider and plan to provide much need local amenity in the area. The Domain Metro Station is, sadly, a lost opportunity poor planning and boring design. PS. There are some real technical issues and problems with this web site. :(

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I agree that North Melbourne looks terrific. I also like the 'feature glass roof' of Parkville. Not sure about State Library above ground. but 'face on' isn't necessarily the most flattering way to show a building. Town Hall looks fairly minimal, which is appropriate for the location. Nothing interesting there. I'm no sure how I feel about Anzac above ground, but the way the above-ground structure works with the concourse looks good. Below ground it's essential to prioritize raw function over design flourishes, and they mainly look perfectly fine. State Library could go either way, aesthetically, but at Town Hall it looks like some of the savings from being fairly low-key above the ground have been spent giving it a bit more style down below. I see some common language, but not so much that I'd agree with Rohan that they are variations on each other. I think they reflect the public architecture of the time which is something I like to see in things like this where those structures and languages will be there for a long time. It means they will always represent the time they were constructed and I love to see the differences in such things along a transport network. It's part of the story of a city. Anyone who's gotten on a London tube at Covent Garden and gotten off at Canary Wharf will know what I mean.
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Vampire Detective
The guy in the blue shirt outside the State Library Swanston Street entrance has no shadow.
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Rohan Storey's picture
Love the brick vaults for north melbourne ! But if you ask me, apart from that one, they all look like variations on each other, all similar materials and feel, glad not as totally bland as so many round the world now, but disappointed not really very different. Think i preferred some of the earlier designs, more solid vaulting, less legs/expressed frames/structure. Also, they are going to have the glass wall platform doors yes ? Would much have preferred thay each one had a different architect or at least involved an artist.

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