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Pivotal, once in a generation infrastructure development relieves and revitalise Melbourne’s CBD corridor
Woods Bagot, together with COX, were lead architects on the $12 billion Melbourne Metro bid with CPB Contractors, Ghella and Salini Impregilo consortium. The project comprised of:
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The design team were located to project bid office located within the same building as CPB offices in Melbourne. Each station had complex and challenging landscapes in which to design; historic landmarks at CBD South, complex existing underground infrastructure at CBD North, sentimental and political drivers at Domain, hospital and university sensitivities in Parkville and the free rein of a blank canvas at Arden. The stations needed to sit together with a strong line wide identity, being recognisable as a Melbourne Metro entity but still be symbolic of their individual precinct. This uniformity was achieved through a strong use of materials and concept at platform level with each station entrance in addition to signage and wayfinding. Each station exhibited its individual character through a sculptural entrance, a concept derived from the strong artistic character of Melbourne. These sculptural pieces were symbolic of each precinct and their surrounds creating a functional artwork for both the metro users and all Melburnians to enjoy.
Melbourne Metro is a unique opportunity to reposition one of the world’s most liveable cities with a state of the art Metro system unique to Melbourne’s raw and refined creative culture
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Bronze details in the station’s interior finishes are a civic reminder of the in the precinct’s bronze monuments, statues and memorials.
Inserting this station into the CBD North urban realm creates a significant shift in movement patterns in this high density urban environment. The design solution draws upon the adjacent heritage buildings resulting in a modern but integrated solution for the customer journey.
The new station has been conceived as a catalyst to drive the transformation of this emerging inner-city area, serving to complement the anticipated Arden Macaulay urban renewal project. The station is recognisable, providing a landmark for current users and the precinct to come but allows flexibillity for adjacent development.
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