The final designs for Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel stations have been released, set to open in 2025.
The five new stations have been named North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac and have been designed by architects Hassell, Weston Williamson, and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
North Melbourne Station will have a large-scale brick arched entrance to reflect the area’s industrial heritage and skylights to enable natural light to filter down onto the platforms and concourse.
Parkville aims to have a glass feature roof at the Grattan Street entrance to provide passengers with a tree lined view with natural light into the concourse.
Grand entrances are planned for the State Library and Town Hall stations in the heart of the CBD to create new meeting places, with redesigned laneways, cafes and retail shop. Below Swanston Street, wide platforms will be framed with sweeping arches.
Anzac Station in Domain will be an architecturally designed canopy that reaches up from below ground.
The new stations will also aim to deliver more parks and open space, bicycle facilities and community plazas, alongside a pedestrian underpass beneath St Kilda Road to enhance safety.
Victorian Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said the Metro Tunnel will deliver five new architectural landmarks for Melbourne and create a turn up and go system for the city.
“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,” she said.
City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the stations will be bold and exciting additions to the Melbourne landscape, enhancing the experience of the city’s commuters.
“We will work with the Victorian Government to ensure the city continues to reap the benefits from this world-leading project, including enhanced public spaces for Melburnians to enjoy for decades to come,” Cr Capp said.