The architects behind Melbourne’s railway stations

In the past decade there has been a flurry of new and upgraded railway stations constructed across Melbourne, designed by a variety of local and international architecture firms. Here is my best effort at compiling a list of the architects behind Melbourne’s railway stations – any additions or corrections would be much appreciated.

View of the Southern Cross Station roof from 664 Collins Street

Carnegie, Murrumbeena, Hughesdale, Clayton and Noble Park

Cox


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression

Mernda Marymede and Hawkstowe

Grimshaw


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression

Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South, Domain

Grimshaw


Melbourne Metro Rail Authority artist’s impression


Melbourne Metro Rail Authority artist’s impression


Melbourne Metro Rail Authority artist’s impression


Melbourne Metro Rail Authority artist’s impression


Melbourne Metro Rail Authority artist’s impression

Southland, 2017

Kyriacou


Public Transport Victoria artist’s impression

Heatherdale, 2017

Kyriacou


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression

Caroline Springs, 2017

HBO+EMTB (phase 1+2), Jackson Architecture (stage 3, including duplication)

VLocity VL32 and VL60 head onto the recently commissioned up platform track at Caroline Springs

Bayswater, 2016

AECOM


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression

St Albans, 2016

Kyriacou


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression

Ginifer, 2016

Kyriacou


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression

Ormond, 2016

Grimshaw


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression

McKinnon, 2016

Grimshaw


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression

Bentleigh, 2016

Grimshaw


Level Crossing Removal Authority artist’s impression

Gardiner, 2016

Grimshaw

 Sea of concrete and asphalt has replaced the Burke Road level crossing at Gardiner station

Ringwood, 2016

Kyriacou

North side of the overhead concourse at Ringwood station

Wyndham Vale, 2015

DesignInc

VLocity 3VL47 and classmate lead an up service into Wyndham Vale

Tarneit, 2015

DesignInc

Station building on the citybound platform at Tarneit

Balaclava, 2014

CCG Architects

Siemens train arrives into Balaclava station on a down Sandringham service

Waurn Ponds, 2014

GHD

Waurn Ponds station

Mitcham, 2014

Arup / Grimshaw

X'Trapolis 895M arriving into Mitcham station on the up

Springvale, 2014

Jackson Architecture

Siemens train pauses at Springvale station on the down

Williams Landing, 2013

Arup / Cox / HBO+EMTB

Williams Landing station

Footscray, West Footscray and Sunshine, 2013

Hassell

Footscray station

Sunbury, 2012

Grimshaw

Down train changes from the down line to platform 1 at Sunbury

Diggers Rest, 2012

Grimshaw

One loooooog platform shelter at Diggers Rest platform 1

Cardinia Road, 2012

Arup / Cox

Myki outnumbers Metcard at the down platform at Cardinia Road station

Lynbrook, 2012

Arup / Cox

Looking across to the station building at Lynbrook platform 1

South Morang, 2012

Cox

Main entrance to South Morang station

Epping, 2011

Cox

Entrance to the new station at Epping

Thomastown, 2011

Cox

Massive footbridge at the rebuilt Thomastown station - only one side is sheltered?

Laverton, 2010

Unknown

VLocity 3VL33 and classmate passes through Laverton on the up

Coolaroo, 2010

Architectus

Coolaroo - all lit up and waiting to go, but waiting for the June 2010 timetable change

Westall, 2010

Hassell

Westall station platforms 1 and 2, looking up the line

Nunawading, 2010

Grimshaw

Transdev bus #8380 rego 7653AO on a route 902 service at Nunawading

North Melbourne, 2009

Cox

VLocity 3VL32 runs through North Melbourne under the new concourse

Heatherdale, 2007

Hassell

Passenger shelter on platform 2 at Heatherdale

Kananook, 2007

Hassell

Alstom Comeng arrives into Kananook on an up Frankston service

Southern Cross Station, 2007

Grimshaw

VLocity VL12 at Southern Cross Station

Roxburgh Park, 2007

Cox

Concrete and steel footbridge at Roxburgh Park station

Craigieburn, 2007

Cox

Street frontage of Craigieburn station

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13 Responses to “The architects behind Melbourne’s railway stations”

  1. decryption says:

    “Caroline Springs, 2017
    Unknown”

    exactly

  2. rohan storey says:

    Thanks Marcus, thats great to know finally !

    Interesting that theyre done by a range of architects, but are all similar in a way, a predominance of dark painted metal. Seems to be two main types – the flat roofed rectangular style, and those with folded roofs, angular struts. And perhaps a third type, being ground level stations, that are essentially just a couple of shallow V canopies, with some enclosed area. Bayswater perhaps the standout for having more angles than straight walls. (excluding southern Cross and the Melb Metro).

    A lot seem to be very low key / low profile – wonder why ? Youd think a railways station should be a prominent public building, at least with a big sign (not just the blue thing on a pole). but then the old ones were rather low key too.

  3. Beren Scott says:

    Anyone noticed how appalling Nunawading is today? That bus shelter is a terrible design, stinks of urine, the fans inside make a loud noise, the door constantly opens and closes due to poor layout with the seats. The whole station is scratched up with graffiti. Who could possibly say this was a good design? I bet the rest of these underground stations will end up looking the same.

    • Marcus Wong says:

      Stinking of piss and scratched up with graffiti seems to be a standard feature of any Melbourne railway station, no matter how long ago it was built.

      • Beren Scott says:

        Have you been to this station much? It’s nasty. There is no place on this earth where this was a good station. The design is terrible. The entry from the East side of the platform isn’t actually an entry to the station itself, it merely takes you underneath the road. Great, what’s the point? Isn’t the point of this station to sit under the road? It fails to do this.

        I have no problem with modern designs, unless they literally throw out common sense, and we all know for a fact that they’ve done this in designing these stations. They are gigantic concrete and steel monstrosities. Dude, we don’t care for fancy artistic stations, just give us a station which works.

        PS Footscray is an awesome station, that’s how you build a modern station.

  4. James Stewart says:

    Hey you missed Diggers rest and Sunbury station when they were rebuilt as part of electrification to Sunbury in 2012.

  5. Alis says:

    Hi, love your posts/blogs so informative and it just adds to much of my dismay….yes it’s all building up but much of it is regressive rather than progressive …our transport is so OLD archaic and demonstrably out of touch with 21C.

    As for building designs ….maybe a woman should be instructed to design more often than not these buildings lack simplicity and engagement …same all same old

    Cheers

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