By Shreya Devaki
CBD locals can expect the two new metro railway stations to be a mixture of modern architecture, local culture and open, natural-light-filled spaces.
The designs, which were released by Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allen on May 30, promise to transform the metro network into contemporary architectural spaces.
Ms Allan said: “The Metro Tunnel will deliver five new architectural landmarks for Melbourne and the turn-up-and-go train system our city needs.”
The designs stem from of a collaboration between Hassell; Weston Williamson; and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners – world-renowned architectural names.
The new State Library station will be located under Swanston St, between LaTrobe and Franklin streets. It will have a grand main entrance which carries the promise of becoming a city landmark with its eye-catching, washed-out, white stone design.
The newly-unveiled designs reveal brass-coloured, European-inspired archways along the ceiling of the station.
The main entrance will be located near the corner of Swanston and LaTrobe streets. Another entrance will be located near the corner of Franklin and Swanston streets.
Under the plans, Franklin St will be converted into a large pedestrian promenade with wide footpaths and flanking trees. The street will also have a linear park along its southern side with open areas for socialising, outdoor dining, public art and to catch a breath of fresh air.
A’Beckett St will be permanently closed to through traffic between Stewart and Swanston streets and will instead become a new public space, with recreational facilities, seating and a new outdoor dining area.
The Town Hall station will be located under Swanston St, between Flinders and Collins streets.
Commuters will be able to access this station from seven entry points at City Square, Federation Square, the Degraves St subway, Flinders St, Swanston St, Cocker Alley and Scott Alley.
The station embraces bold architecture, with its ceiling supported by an imposing structure of intricate, criss-crossed beams and use of glass to ensure a constant stream of natural light.
The City Square will be reopened as a public gathering and events space after the stations is built. The new City Square will be adorned with sweeping metal arches and include shops and cafes and spaces for outdoor dining.
Pedestrian routes will be opened up by widening the pavements in the station precinct.
The station development will result in a greener area after trees are reinstated along Swanston St, spaces adjacent to the City Square and Flinders St.