By 2032, it is expected that Melbourne airport will have 60 million air passenger trips each year which is equivalent to Heathrow’s current figures (2014). For this reason Melbourne requires a rail link between the airport and the Central Business District.
Our design strategy is multi-dimensional. Firstly, McHarg’s layering technique has been applied to determine the extent of rail link route. The project presented here is for a node along the line, a test site to explore concepts of an integrated territory and site multiplicity. The site is located in the outer northern suburb of Keilor and is bounded by a cemetery to the south and the Calder Highway to the north.
We propose a park on the site to better connect the residential area to the north to Brimbank Park in the south-west. A BMX track acts as an extension of the pedestrian and cycle path through the park. Cross generational encounters are encouraged through the men’s shed and productive gardens. Native tree plantings continue the ecological corridor proposed along the entire rail link.
The projects spatial organisation is generated through sound. Most transport infrastructures are bound by acoustic walls which divides the context. To create an integrate territory, between infrastructure and context, catalytic points (flight path, train horn, highway and fauna) setup an invisible framework which brings cohesion to the project are generates form and structure.
Found objects on the site inform the parks finer grain detailing such as bluestone floaters, thistles and plastic flowers flown across from the cemetery.