Dulwich Hill Station – Urban Design Study

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Along with Tribe Studio, Andrew Burns Architect, Aileen Sage and Mark Tyrell Studio we were invited by the Government Architects Office to undertake a fine grain urban design study relating to the stations along the proposed Sydenham to Bankstown Metro line.


Proposed as a series of short, fast design exercises, we looked specifically at the fascinating and largely uncharted area around the Dulwich Hill Station, which encompasses a confluence of heritage precincts, neglected shopfronts, much loved community street planting, heavy and light rail lines and stations, a largely inaccessible but popular public reserve, and plans for a significant shift in housing density.



Given the complexity of the precinct and the limitations of our remit, we chose to spend some time in the place, to observe how it works and to speak to those who use and manage it. We then took an innately optimistic approach and cut directly to the development of 6 local operations which we felt would most dramatically improve the public domain, with a minimum of means.


Potential Projects, they are deliberately unfinished and were intended to be evocative, even provocative, though never glib. They come out of what we saw and were told by others with a long and meaningful history in the place, to enable a profound opportunity for the change of the whole precinct by changing only part.


Thank you to the Department of Planning, Sydney Metro, Government Architects Office and Inner West Council for their generous engagement with the project.


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