本文由 Tract 授权mooool发表，欢迎转发，禁止以mooool编辑版本转载。
Thanks Tract for authorizing the publication of the project on mooool, Text description provided by Tract.
Tract：该项目（Bell to Moreland ）见证了贝尔街和莫兰路之间2公里高架铁路下的空间提升，并取代了Upfield铁路沿线上的四个平交道口。
Tract: The Bell to Moreland Project saw the elevation of 2km of rail between Bell Street (Coburg) and Moreland Road (Brunswick) replacing four at-grade level crossings along the Upfield Railway line.
Bookending the elevated rail are two new stations – Moreland, a small-scale station nestled in a parkland setting; and Coburg, a bustling commuter hub providing a central civic heart. Connecting the stations is a transformed ground plane with a network of connective pathways, parks, playgrounds, and public amenity.
▽总平面图 Bell to Moreland Site Plan
重塑联系 Remaking Connections
Historically, Coburg and Brunswick are working-class suburbs, characterised by former worker’s cottages and industry concentrated along the rail line. As a result, there developed a disconnected network of pocket parks, lacking the larger green spaces and leafy streets of other areas of Melbourne.
Before the Bell to Moreland Project, the rail severed the neighbourhood, stifling movement between residential areas and the nearby vibrant Sydney Road. The overpopulated Upfield shared path ran cramped between the rail and suburban fencing, punctuated by dangerous blind corners, and negotiated daily by serious commuters and pedestrians alike, including parents with prams, dog walkers, and large social groups.
Bell to Moreland项目改造令人振奋，将老化的铁路沿线改造成为一种丰富多彩的社区资产。
Prolific street art and guerrilla gardening along the rail line were emphatic expressions of the locals’ yearning for a greater connection to nature and public space. The diverse community, including post-war Mediterranean and Middle Eastern migrants, environmentally conscious young families, and creative share houses, were passionate and vocal about their desire for better open space.
The Bell to Moreland project presented an exciting opportunity to transform the aging rail line into a colourful community asset.
人的空间 Space for people
The rail corridor between stations is very narrow, typically 20m wide. This area needed to accommodate the structure itself, its drainage requirements, and extensive services. Strategic use of space to maximise connectivity and usable space was a key challenge.
Advocacy for a single row of central piers, minimised the structure’s footprint and enabled the space for a dedicated cycle path as well as a separated pedestrian path. Signage and wayfinding were integrated with the piers, to reduce clutter and to curate a colourful celebration of place. Maximising space was a critical response to the overpopulated existing shared path. Additional lighting, drinking fountains, rest spots and cyclist priority road crossings have allowed a range of users to now enjoy the paths safely and comfortably, as well as providing room to encourage further uptake of active transport.
Careful coordination of engineering requirements has enabled space for a series of new recreation areas. Two new playgrounds, fitness stations, a dog park and active recreation facilities including basketball courts and urban play spaces have made the train line a destination in itself.
This new network of activity nodes offers welcome respite for the growing population, servicing the community at a time when open space for local walks, picnics and hangouts is of utmost importance.
编织故事 Weaving stories
Retention and interpretation of heritage, both post-colonial and First Nations, was a key aspect of the project. The Upfield Railway line, original station buildings, and numerous ancillary rail items are of state significance in the Victorian Heritage Register.
Partnership with Heritage Victoria guided the refurbishment of the heritage stations for future reuse as a community or café space. The buildings have been integrated within the surrounding landscape, through Victorian-era planting and retention of the original station platforms; for terraced seating at Coburg; and as a sunken garden bed containing original rail tracks at Moreland. Across the project, there is interpretative wayfinding highlighting former rail systems.
设计将它重新安置在现有树木之间的公园中，同时增加赤桉（River Red Gums）和草本植物，有助于恢复scar树的生长环境。围绕该树木的非正式岩石圈为知识共享和文化交流提供了一个亲密的空间。
A co-design process with Wurundjeri Traditional Owners guided the project’s relationship to Country. A key aspect of this was the response to an existing cast of a scar tree, a significant cultural marker that had become obscured and undervalued in its existing busy roadside location.
Repositioning this into the parkland amongst existing trees, with additional River Red Gums and grassland planting helped to return the scar tree to the landscape. An informal rock circle surrounding the marker provides an intimate space for knowledge sharing and cultural exchange.
北部绿化 Greening the North
In collaboration with Moreland City Council, Woody Meadows, (a research initiative from the University of Melbourne), were integrated through test plots at key locations. This pioneering new approach to planting design has been adopted to improve the function, biodiversity and appearance of low maintenance public landscapes.
新的故事 A new story
Journeying along the Upfield path today is a different experience to what it once was. The previously congested and run-down rail now opens wide to welcome all. Bright yellow leaves of Gleditsia trees greet cyclists as they arrive at Bell Street, whilst bridge decks entice commuters toward the station across planted basins and over a subtle carpet of paved diamonds.
Heading southbound along the path, you will likely pass a healthy mix of Lycra-clad cyclists, family-friendly cargo bikes, bearded fixies, and the frenetic wobble of training-wheeled children. With cycle priority crossings, you can now ride safely across Munro Street to visit the lively dog park. Locals, old and new, keep a close watch over the corridor, from students on their front porch couches, to the old immigrant guard, leaning sagely on their gateposts.
Cycling further down the path, a repair station offers a pitstop to pump your tyres and rehydrate. The sun may get hot but it’s cool and calm beneath the structure, with the gentle whir of trains passing overhead.
The playground tends to get busy in the afternoon. The pop of a balloon and the aroma of barbequed sausages and falafel may suggest a birthday; kids are clambering over play equipment and foraging in the grasses beneath the trees.
In days gone by, the oppressive heat of a Brunswick summer could break the best of us, with heat radiating from the plentiful bricks and asphalt. In time, these new green spaces will offer a cool retreat.
This project has been a massive upheaval for the area but ultimately presents a positive change. Once severed suburbs have been stitched together and greened along the seams.
项目名称：Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project
设计团队：Kendal Mcquire（景观设计师）、Thomas Emrys Evans（景观建筑师）
客户：Level Crossing Removal Project, Victorian Government
合作者：Wood Marsh Architecture, KBR Engineers, John Holland, Heritage Victoria, Moreland City Council, WSP Indigenous Specialist Services, University of Melbourne, Metro Trains Melbourne
Project Name: Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project
Completion Year: 2021
Scale: 2km elevated railway
Project Location: Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street, Coburg Victoria, Moreland Road, Brunswick Victoria
Landscape/Architecture Firm: Tract
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lead Architects: Greg Teague (Principal Landscape Architect),
Design Team: Kendal Mcquire (Landscape Architect), Thomas Emrys-Evans (Landscape Architect)
Client: Level Crossing Removal Project, Victorian Government
Collaborators: Wood Marsh Architecture, KBR Engineers, John Holland, Heritage Victoria, Moreland City Council, WSP Indigenous Specialist Services, University of Melbourne, Metro Trains Melbourne
Photo Credits: “Photos by Robyn Oliver”
更多 Read more about: Tract