Parkville Station, Melbourne Metro
ArchitectHassel and Weston Williamson
Our RoleConsultancy, desing, manufacturing and supplying
ProductsOval & Circular Columns & Struts
The new Parkville Station precinct in Victoria is set to undergo an impressive transformation, with a focus on creating an exceptional environment that seamlessly blends with its surroundings and connects with prominent institutions. At the heart of this design is Grattan Street, which will be transformed into a “grand promenade” showcasing the best of the area.
The main station entry, located on the northern side of Grattan Street outside The University of Melbourne, will be a standout feature. A 50-meter-long canopy made of glass and steel will grace the entrance, allowing an abundance of natural light to flood the station concourse. This innovative design not only creates a bright and inviting atmosphere but also harmonizes with the surrounding tree canopy, offering a seamless integration with the environment.
Challenge & Solution
Parkville station stands out with its distinctive oval form, which is a key feature of its architectural design. One of the notable elements that contribute to this unique design is the presence of free-standing oval columns of varying sizes. These columns add an artistic touch to the station’s overall aesthetic. The oval shape runs in the beam design as well, the X Oval Cross, is a structural feature that requires the seamless integration of both horizontal and vertical elements. Pouring the concrete in one go and combining these elements in a single operation can be a complex task. To address this challenge, a comprehensive design proposal has been developed, taking into account the specific requirements of the project.
The proposed solution for the X Oval Cross consists of four main components. First, a specially designed box system is implemented to support the vertical oval columns. The second component is a middle connecting piece that serves as a crucial joint between the vertical column and the horizontal beam moulds. This connecting piece allows for a seamless connection, ensuring a strong and secure integration between the different elements of the X Oval Cross. The third component involves the use of two horizontal beam moulds, which are shaped to match the oval form. These moulds are placed on the left and right sides of the structure. Lastly, strategically positioned pouring openings are incorporated on top of the two horizontal beam mould boxes.