North West Metro - Winner of the 2020, AIA Walter Burley Griffin Award in Urban Design
Sydney’s Metro Northwest is an urban transit project at the metropolitan scale, integrating eight new stations and their surrounding public spaces through architecture, landscape and art. The urban strategy is a pattern book of elements unifying the stations along the 36-kilometre corridor, with subtle shifts of scale, form, colour and landscape. Each station precinct is uniquely adjusted in response to the local alignment, topography and history, giving meaningful identity to each centre. The art concept further refines this identity by referencing the past to shape the future paradigm.
Orchards that historically populated the city’s north-west are reinterpreted through a fruity colour palette that defines the train journey and signals each station, starting with cherry-red at Cherrybrook. The orchard grid also gives a poetic logic to the station plazas through urban tree groves, coloured skylit lanterns, whimsical furniture and mist installations between the trees. Colour and light infuse these elements as well as the station interiors, lifts, stairs and escalators, creating a fluid interplay between inside and outside.
At the heart of this city-shaping project is a generous ensemble of quality public spaces that simply delight. Streets, plazas, shady groves and calm, light-filled interiors are counterbalanced by the play of light bathing each station in a kaleidoscope of colour that enlivens even the subterranean concourses. The result is a richly layered public realm of memorable and uplifting spaces, all seamlessly connected.
This urban transit project is a game changer. By reaffirming the forgotten joy of train travel, it demonstrates that public infrastructure can be more than utilitarian. More importantly, by consciously crafting enduring spaces for people to enjoy in each and every community along the corridor, it creates an array of settings for public life for years to come
Bondi Apartments- Going to Court
This project, a DA proposal, which has one of the finest grained footprints of any tower in Bondi Junction, has been rejected by council for a range of reasons including its “bulky and monolithic” form.
Clients taking council to L and E Court
North West Metro - Winner of 2020, PIA, AIA, AILA, Australian Urban Design Awards: Built Projects – City and Regional Scale
'This is a groundbreaking rail project that provides mass transit for the north-west area of Sydney and creates an urban structure for the growth of the metropolis. The potential of urban design can only be realized if all disciplines work together for a common goal. It is clear here that this has happened from the very start. The project incorporates art, engineering, green infrastructure and architecture to create beautiful town centre stations and plazas, resulting in a piece of rail infrastructure that is context-sensitive and integrated across all lines.
A light and colour-infused station integrated into the built fabric at Rouse Hill town centre; village stations that reference the forms of eucalyptus trees; shady public spaces with gardens and public art; tree-lined paths and cycleways; a sculpted viaduct offering panoramic views of the landscape for passengers; extensive avenues of native trees; and an integrated connection to the Northwest Transitway are all hallmarks of this benchmark project for the Sydney Metro network.'
- Jury Citation