North Shore Railway Station

Community Spaces and Amenities, Platform Shelters, new vehicle link

The existing North Shore Train Station currently sits awkwardly between the communities of Norlane and North Shore creating a physical barrier between the adjoining communities. Currently the station is a place locals and passengers cannot identify with.


A Vic Health initiative ‘Train Stations as Creative Community Hubs’ considers the key ideas of (Personality, Amenity & Context explored through a community consultation process. With this unique opportunity for an established community to build a Train Station that reflects their wants, desires and personality, the architectural design response expanded on the brief to include the key responses:


  • Place Making - following creates a greater sense of arrival and identity through consolidation of function and form

  • Multiple Use - station becomes shelter, becomes meeting, becomes community

  • Accessible - for all non-ambulant, pedestrian, bicycle, car

  • Protection - from the elements -wind, rain, and sun

  • Context - historic rail sheds where station buildings read as separate entities, industrial history/context

  • Flexible - change and/or addition of function can be readily accommodated

  • Transparency - screens rather than walls for security and passive surveillance

  • Movement - artistic and building elements to reflect movement/function of station/place

  • Maintenance - durability & longevity

  • Materials - selected for minimising ecological footprint (e.g. reclaimed and FSC timbers)

  • Rainwater -  collection and re-use

  • Water efficiency - fittings and fixtures

  • Energy - renewable energy for electricity use

  • Surface Stormwater  - reclaimed for landscaping