Light Line Social Square - Bella Vista


Light Line Social Square - Bella Vista

Light Line Social Square is the line-wide artwork for the 8 Metro North West stations from Cherrybook to Tallawong. The artwork is embedded in the design of each station. It is made up of artful landscapes, sculptural furniture, coloured glazing in skylights, facades, lifts, stairs and escalators, train activated platform lighting, glazed tiled walls, playful paving and cooling mist installations. The artwork draws upon the recent agricultural history of the region. The geometry of the orchard groves, and the colours of their fresh produce, are translated into the grid of the station landscapes, and the signature colour at each station. In this way, Light Line Social Square references the past and connects it to the present and the future. The artwork orchestrates an interplay of colour and light, expressed over time. It is immersive and dynamic - continuously changing throughout the day, according to the light and weather conditions, and over the seasons, across the year.

Bella Vista is the second of three open cut stations on the Sydney Metro North West line coming from the city. Trains emerge into the sunny yellow of this open-cut station after 3 underground stations. The platform is framed by the intermittent rhythm of the Terrace Lines glazed yellow tiles, and the Urban Grove terrace landscapes of evergreen Xylosma senticosum trees and carpet of yellow guinea flowers (Hibertia scandens). Light Line, the programmed platform light installation, glows an illuminated yellow as trains enter the station. Transparent yellow glass in the Colourways lifts and escalators, casts golden yellow light over station surfaces. In the station plazas above, Urban Groves of deciduous Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) trees, with their yellow autumn leaves, frame arrangements of Social Sphere sculptural furniture with saturated yellow, cast aluminium inlays.

Nearby the heritage listed Bella Vista Farm is an intact historic farm complex of cultural significance to the nation. It was once one of the largest citrus orchards on the State.

Metro North West stations: Bella Vista
Transparent coloured glass, cast aluminium, concrete, glazed tiles, paving, LED light, trees and flowering plants
Station and public plaza
Hassell on behalf of CPB John Holland as part of Northwest Rapid Transit

Lloyd Rees Award for Urban Design, NSW Architecture Awards 2020

Commendation for Public Architecture, NSW Architecture Awards 2020


Peter McGregor (McGregor Westlake Architecture) and Hassell


Artists: Michaelie Crawford, Turpin Crawford Studio and Peter McGregor, McGregor Westlake Architecture in collaboration with Ross de la Motte and the Hassell design team. Turpin Crawford Studio team: Jennifer Turpin, Anna Ewald-Rice, Rupert Trengrove; McGregor Westlake team: Wes Grunsell, Tina Chow, Isabella Spiedel, Alex Rink; Deuce Design: Bruce Slorach, Ingrid van der Meulen; Event Engineering: Jeremy sparks, Konrad Hartmann; Fiona Robbe Landscape Architects; Waterforms International; Dirk Slotboom, Michael Sallis

photo and video credits
Brett Boardman Photography; Ian Hobbs Media; Rusty Goat Media; Mark Syke Photography