Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
Built in 1906, Central Station is the largest and busiest transport hub in Australia, with currently over 100,000 barrier counts daily. The northernmost site of the C2E corridor, Central Station serves as a gateway to the corridor, Sydney CBD and beyond, with many of Sydney’s significant destinations within 2kms of the site.
City of Sydney has identified Central Station as an important transport, cultural, and economic hub and has pegged the site for redevelopment, including the establishment of high speed rail connections to interstate capitals, new light rail, and opportunities to become part of a pedestrian network throughout the city.
Currently, Central Station offers little public amenity and serves only as a transient space, with many spaces being underutilised or degraded, particularly in relation to the shop frontages at street level. The Focus of this design is to revitalise Central via capitalising on underutilised space adjacent to Pitt Street, currently being used as a car-park and administration buildings under ownership of Sydney Rail.
Through application of the urban design theories of Jan Gehl and William H. Whyte, this design asks “How can Central be reinvigorated to meet the needs of a walkable green city, whilst appreciating site heritage and increasing opportunities for economic and cultural exchanges?" Social Platforms is a design response that seeks to maximise opportunities for users to sit, stay and watch, create activity, connect and welcome users to the city.