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Mia Thornton

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Biophilia in Central Station

Central Station first opened in 1855 in Redfern, with Devonshire street on its northern boundary. As the train network grew with the city, so did the station. In 1906 Central Station opened at its current location, closer to the city centre. However the topographical conditions at the new location meant the main concourse terminated eight meters higher than street level – separating it from Eddy Avenue.

City workers travelling through Central Station spend long hours indoors, under increasingly stressful conditions. Despite its current denatured condition Central Station presents an opportunity for commuters to experience the rich qualities of nature.

Biophilic in Central Station investigates humans’ relationship with nature to re-imagine the next step in the evolution of Central Station. It aims to mitigate stress levels, foster restoration and re-engage this iconic, public building with its complex surrounds.