Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project
- Cox Architecture
The Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project comprised the replacement of nine rail level crossings with five elevated railway stations along one of Melbourne’s busiest transport corridors. Multiple collaborated with Cox Architecture to develop an integrated wayfinding and signage system into the architectural design of the new stations. We also developed station identification signage that would link the elevated platforms to the public space below.
Transformation of the station precincts would reshape the landscape of local communities and how they engage with the new spaces and facilities.
Our challenge was to create local landmarks for each suburb, creating a sense of place in the everyday journeys of commuters. Close collaboration with the architectural team ensured a thoughtful, well researched achievable solution.
Inspiration came from transport location identifiers in the form of large, human-scale illuminated letters. The perforated panels on the letters allowed for a day/night presence with the letterforms glowing as light falls.
Each station features its own accent colour which links into the architectural scheme. Stations are now more vibrant, connected and activated, creating an experience that encourages local pride of place and inspires the mandatory “selfie” to document the journey and share on favourite social media channels.
The project has proven how place making can transform everyday spaces and a lasting legacy for individuals and communities.
For the wayfinding component our task was to integrate signage into the architectural expression of the five stations avoiding the “bolt on” appearance of statutory signage.
Our response was to build on the distinctive fins of the structures to integrate the signage.
Extending the fins allowed the seamless creation of sign carriers for wayfinding and statutory information.