Master of Architecture students from the University of Melbourne have envisioned vibrant new public transport hubs for nine of the city’s train stations.

The featured stations were nominated by local councils for redesign because of their unattractive appearance and dysfunctional reputation.

A brief given to the students called for the new stations to incorporate full weather protection, toilets, staff and ticket offices, a small supermarket, 10 small shops, community facilities, space for potential commercial and residential development, and improved tram, bus, bike and walking connections.

Central to many of the student’s designs was the proposal to elevate Melbourne’s rail lines, in a way similar to those that already run through inner parts of Melbourne, including Richmond, Collingwood and Hawthorn.

The elevated system removes the need for level crossings and creates pedestrian access to shops and cafes built in the space below.

The student’s designs are being showcased in an exhibition entitled ‘Dream Stations’, being held at Chapman & Bailey Gallery in Abbotsford from 19 June - 5 July, 2014.

Artist impression of Moreland Station by Evelyn Hartojo.

Michael Raeburn's redesigned Flemington Bridge Station as viewed from Boundary Rd.

The market hall in Jess Finch's redesigned Pascoe Vale Station

Images: University of Melbourne via The Age Victoria and ABC

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