John McAslan + Partners, in collaboration with Woods Bagot, has been announced as architect of the new Sydney Metro Waterloo Station.
Located at the heart of the urban renewal scheme, the new metro station and associated development of adjacent land is designed to act as a catalyst for the resurgence of the wider district.
John McAslan + Partners’ Sydney Lead Troy Uleman has defined the new station as both a key contributor to Sydney’s evolving identity as a global city and a highly local response to place, community and diversity.
“The district of Waterloo is a dynamic, multicultural urban context, rich and varied in history and demographics. Waterloo Station will be the impetus behind the development of the wider area. The station will form a new gateway to the precinct and it’s critical that it has a strong Waterloo identity.”
John McAslan + Partners’ design is deeply grounded in the context of place, connecting to the rich history of the inner-city suburb to reflect the identity of Waterloo today. The design’s materiality and form are directly influenced by the area’s distinctive local vernacular, and the site’s rich history, geology and context. Natural light will be filtered into the below-ground station by a network of skylights, providing a welcoming environment and a sense of spatial permeability. Integrated public art to will also add a further layer of interpretation of local context.
The design proposals place the user at the centre of the spatial experience to ensure that Waterloo Station will be welcoming and intuitive to navigate for all users. The design provides legible, uncluttered spaces that will function seamlessly and offer a comfortable and safe experience to passengers accessing the transport network.
Uleman continues, “Our design approach is to create a vibrant and dynamic station with a strong and recognisable local identity, that will be the catalyst for regeneration in the local area. The Integrated Station Development will be key to unlocking opportunities and providing better connections both locally and to the wider city”.