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