Description: Canberra Light Rail Station Design Competition: Shortlisted Entry
Location: Canberra City, ACT
Light rail will transform Canberra over the next decades.
Our ideas for this competition explored how light rail can transform the way we create new urban precincts in Canberra. The entry considered the opportunities of a total redevelopment of the entire block between Dickson and Northbourne Avenue.
We employed the light rail as an instrument to bisect the site to create a 'smart industry' commercial edge to Dickson and an apartment village beside Northbourne Avenue. By defining a new urban corridor through the site - aptly named Station Street - we would be able to generate exciting activity and a new gateway development for Canberra.
Our scheme explores how the new light rail stops can be employed to create new urban squares - ‘Station Place’ - linking passengers and residents to Cape Street at the eastern edge and to a new bus interchange located within the Northbourne median. A ribbon canopy leads passengers to their destinations, providing incidental shelter by day and a place of wonder at night.
The entry was shortlisted by the jury.