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New CRL station designs released

NEW CRL STATION DESIGNS RELEASED

 

We've released some exciting new concept images for the City Rail Link stations.

CRL creates:

  • Two new underground stations

  • One mid-town at Wellesley and Victoria Streets provisionally named Aotea

  • One uptown at Mercury Lane, off Karangahape Road provisionally named Karangahape

  • Plus a redeveloped Mt Eden station where the CRL connects with the North Auckland (Western Line).

Below are some of the new images. Follow the links at the bottom of the page to learn more about the thinking behind the concepts and more detail about the design approach for each station.


Aotea

Within Aotea station, seven skylights will represent the seven stars of the Matariki constellation. 

It brings beams of light from the heavens into the darkness of the underground concourse and platform areas. The internal station walls are not only efficient structural elements but have been modelled on Maori woven patterns. The acoustic panels lining the station walls reflect a similar pattern.

  UPPER: Showing the skylights on the upper level

UPPER: Showing the skylights on the upper level


  NIGHT: Wellesley Street entrance view from 135 Albert Street at night

NIGHT: Wellesley Street entrance view from 135 Albert Street at night


  ROOF: This shows the rods suspended from the ceiling

ROOF: This shows the rods suspended from the ceiling


  AOTEA: Showing the skylight on concourse level

AOTEA: Showing the skylight on concourse level


Karangahape Road

The Mercury Lane entrance evokes the branching arms of the vast spreading canopies of Kauri trees, radiating out from massive trunks.

The entrance provides a dramatic sense of relief via a series of large climbing patterns that are revealed as commuters pass through the space towards the entrance. 

The overall experience is one of rising from, and descent into, the earth. It is proposed that light and sound will be used to enhance the experience of the entrance space.

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Mount Eden

The cultural design will extend from the forecourt, through the station and across the new connecting bridge between the CRL and North Auckland Line platforms.

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  INSIDE: The latest image of inside the Mount Eden station

INSIDE: The latest image of inside the Mount Eden station


Basalt stone cladding will be used from floor to ceiling to represent the Mt Eden cone and crater and the pa terraces, with similar designs on the paved area. It is also proposed to create a water feature using water from the nearby reopened natural spring.

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Check out these latest designs and the thinking behind them by following the links below