Light Line Social Square - Kellyville


Light Line Social Square - Kellyville

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.

Kellyville is the first of the two adjoining elevated stations on the Sydney Metro North West line coming from the city. The Metro North West travels through the undulating topography of the Hills District from Cherrybrook to Bella Vista, before reaching the Cumberland Plains at Kellyville. The elevated stations are characterised by the Light Screen facades; the expansive Urban Groves and the seasonally operating Cloud Room mist installations that cool the station plazas in the heat of summer. The Light Screens are vast, urban-scaled, glazed screens orchestrated with the colour of the station, and the adjoining stations in both directions. Sunlight casts striking lines of coloured light across station surfaces in a twice-daily solar ‘performance’ as light enters first from the east and then later from the west. At night, these screens glow as if giant stained-glass windows. Along the platform above, from early evening through to early morning, Light Line illuminates in lemon yellow, and the colour of the ensuing station, as trains enter the station.

Clusters of lemon-yellow inlaid Social Spheres are playfully arranged at the station entrance and within Urban Groves of yellow flowering water gum (Tristaniopsis Laurina) trees and yellow St John’s Wort (Hypericum calycinum) understory plantings. The ephemeral, summer, Cloud Room mist installation, framed within the Urban Grove, drifts over a playful, urban-scaled hopscotch court, integrated into the paving.

Metro North West stations: Kellyville
Transparent coloured glass, cast aluminium, concrete, paving, mist, 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