Light Line Social Square - Cherrybrook


Light Line Social Square - Cherrybrook

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.

Cherrybrook is one of three open cut stations and the first new station on the Metro North West line coming from the city. After travelling 13 kilometres underground, trains emerge into the open air and vibrant colour of the opencut station. The platform cutting is framed by the intermittent rhythmn of Terrace Lines of pink glazed tiles, and Urban Grove landscapes of cherry blossom plum trees (Prunus blireana) and pink gazanias. Light Line, the programmed platform light installation, glows an illuminated pink as trains enter the station. Transparent pink glass in Colourways lifts and stairs cast swathes of pink light over station surfaces. The Urban Grove on the street above with black cherry plum trees (Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’) frames a suite of Social Sphere sculptural furniture, with saturated pink cast aluminium inlays.

The cherry blossom tree, once found at the locally historic Cherrybrook Farm, provided the keystone for the colour spectrum of 2 reds, 2 oranges, 2 yellows and 2 greens at the 8 new Metro North West stations. The Urban Grove trees are deciduous - with dark cherry red leaves in summer and pale pink blossom flowers in Spring. The understory carpet of vibrant pink gazanias flower all year around.

Metro North West stations: Cherrybrook
Transparent coloured glass, cast aluminium, concrete, glazed tiles, paving, LED light, trees and flowering plants
Eight stations and public plazas
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