The new 2,240 m² vaulted roof at Sydney Central Station was opened to the public for the first time. Installation is underway as part of the new Sydney subway.
The light canopy rises up to 16 m above the north hall and is intended as a distinctive, covered space and the centerpiece of the renovated Heritage Station, which is Australia’s busiest.
It is built by Laing O’Rourke and designed in collaboration with John McAslan + Partners and Woods Bagot.
Dragon-shaped skylights let daylight into the new hall
The design vision was inspired by John McAslan + Partners’ work at King’s Cross Station in London.
The aim is to make it easier to find the way to all parts of the station from the great hall, which is the confluence point for Intercity and S-Bahn, Light Rail and the new Sydney Metro, with its 27 m underground platforms.
Finding the way is of crucial importance, as around 500,000 travelers are supposed to use the station, which was built in 1906, every day.
Dragon-shaped skylights let daylight into the new hall.
The roof creates a distinctive covered space and is the heart of the renovated Heritage Station
“Like our King’s Cross program in the UK, this project will provide Sydney with great new urban space in the heart of one of the world’s most historic locations,” said John McAslan, Executive Chairman of John McAslan + Partners.
Troy Uleman, Director of John McAslan + Partners Sydney, said, “Designed as a great, light-filled, unified space in the heart of the station that helps make navigating more intuitive. At the same time, it highlights the heritage and civic worth of the early 20th century Terminus building, the smaller electrical building, and emphasis on the Eddy Avenue entrance. For the first time in a long time, we can experience these buildings in their full glory. “
Finding your way is of crucial importance as around 500,000 travelers are supposed to navigate the train station, built in 1906, every day (render by John McAslan + Partners and Woods Bagot).
The roof extends over 32 m (north to south) and 70 m (east to west).
Central Station is Australia’s busiest station, serving 96% of trains in Sydney.
Top picture: The roof will enclose a “large, light-filled space,” said John McAslan + Partners (All pictures by Cath Bowen / Rusty Goat Media)