North Sydney Bus Shelter & Canopy

“…the first commended scheme… followed a strategy of a contiguous colonnade on both sides of Miller Street, incorporating small public uses such as outdoor seating for cafes and small commercial opportunities and complementing the heritage-listed MLC building. The bus shelter component of the brief is handled simply, directly and is part of a broader design and set of uses.”
– Judges report


Strategy
The bus shelters provide a linear canopy to the footpath along the bald elevation of the MLC Centre. This arrangement is reflected at the Northern end of Miller Street by a related canopy as an extension of the existing awnings.

The decisive absence of these canopies at the middle of this section of Miller Street and the footpath inflections proposed by the MacGregor Partners Master Plan reinforce Tower Square as a place.
The form of the shelter is based on a repetitive module that relates to the robust and rational expression of the MLC Centre at the southern end of Miller Street but contrasts it in its materiality with the use of raw concrete and the warmth of timber.
The Station Canopy provides a termination to the Miller Street composition with an emphatic single module, providing an identifiable icon at the significant intersection of Miller Street with the Pacific Highway, while the truss like framing and intricate strutting interpret the local vernacular architecture.

Shelter as Place
The roof provides shelter and a setting for the uses associated with transport interchange. The structure defines the covered path on the allotment side of the column from the places to wait located on the kerb side of the structure.
A range of furniture can be accommodated associated with the various aspects of transport interchange – seating, newsstands, signage, kiosks etc. These are characterised by muscular concrete forms emerging from the ground and timber elements that are reserved for the roof canopy structure and limited places of touch; such as the seat of the bench and protected joinery elements within lockable kiosk elements.

Construction
The canopies are constructed of formed concrete columns, a timber canopy and a clear polycarbonate roof sheeting system.
The Roof is made of linear timber elements twisted in a form of back to back hyperbolic paraboloids creating a woven image of the roof structure. The roof sheeting is a proprietary polycarbonate system that allows the sheet to accommodate the geometry of the roof form.
A steel bracket mediates the junction between timber and concrete.
The Concrete Column can be mass produced using precast technology, or site fabricated from triangulated timber forms. The profile of the column integrates a rainwater head to receive the water from the roof. A downpipe is located at its core.
Level changes are accommodated by tilting the roof to one side, allowing the roof to trace the line of the topography.