City Rail Link has revealed striking new concept plans for the rail stations it plans to build or refurbish as part of its Auckland network.
The plans include two new underground stations: One at Wellesley and Victoria Streets, provisionally named Aotea, and one at Mercury Lane, provisionally named Karangahape. Mt Eden station would also be redeveloped.
Within Aotea station, seven skylights will represent the seven stars of the Matariki constellation, said CRL.
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“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, said CRL.
“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.”
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, said CRL.
The project is expected to complete in 2023/24.