This is one of 85 level crossing removal projects commissioned by the Victorian Government.
Their purpose is to reconfigure intersections that are congested and dangerous, and they enrich their surrounds with great urban design. BKK teamed up with Kyriacou Architects to design and deliver this one.
Merinda Park Station serves Cranbourne, in outer-suburban Melbourne. It’s the penultimate station on the long Cranbourne line.
The new station has vastly improved the experience of train travel to and from Cranbourne, and encouraged more people to use public transport.
We replaced the existing station building with a new safer, more comfortable and better appointed one. It is located further to the north west and has a new pedestrian underpass and a foyer that fronts the carpark and a proposed activity centre.
Our work relates to another project that duplicates the tracks between Cranbourne and Lynbrook stations, which are on either side of Merinda Park. It also eliminates the Greens Road level crossing.
A public artwork has brought the new station alive. The ceilings feature Reflections – Past and present by internationally recognised Australian artist Catherine Woo. Constructed from anodised aluminium, its concentric circular patterns are inspired by the area’s ecological history.
“The design is based on the rippling patterns that occur on still water and that would have been a constant feature of the marshland: patterns created by water droplets, or the undulations created around moving reeds or trees that once flourished in the wetland.”
— Catherine Woo, artist