Martin Place Metro   Sydney, Australia

Martin Place Metro Station serves Martin Place, Australia’s premier civic square in the heart of Sydney’s Central Business District. Connected to the city’s new Sydney Metro line, the new Martin Place Metro Station is the first fully integrated station development in Australia. With over five levels of retail, hospitality and service offerings, the station is one of the largest transport exchanges on the new line connecting the existing Metro North West Line through the city and on to Sydney’s southwest in 2025. Grimshaw is the lead architect for the entire development, one of Australia’s most important unsolicited proposal/public private partnerships, which is being delivered by Macquarie Group and Lendlease for Sydney Metro.

The station has a southern entrance in Martin Place and a northern entrance in Hunter Street. Above the station, two new towers rise. The North Tower, the 39-storey 1 Elizabeth Street is the new world headquarters for Macquarie Group, designed by JPW. A second commercial tower at 39 Martin Place is designed by Tzannes, and rises to 28 storeys, comprising a large multiple storey mixed-use podium.

The station integrates end-of-trip facilities for the new towers above with parking for over 1,200 bicycles, encouraging active transport in the City. The true integrated station design (ISD) allows placement of station services which would otherwise occupy the ground plane to be incorporated into the lower levels of the tower, liberating the station space for retail, hospitality and unencumbered public space.

Featuring some of the deepest excavations completed for the twin metro tunnels, Martin Place Metro Station is infused with light. At the northern entrance, an open, three-storey atrium is filled by daylight. Vertical transportation features long escalators and fully accessible lifts from which transparency reveals the station structure. New pedestrian connections through the retail precinct allow workers, residents and visitors the possibility of walking from Martin Place to Hunter Street completely under cover but above the metro platforms. The new pedestrian links are animated with sound, light and motion-sensing public artworks. Elsewhere, public art has been integrated into the wayfinding and built environment of the station on a scale not previously seen in Sydney.

Transport connections are provided to Sydney’s existing rail network T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Line, Sydney Light Rail and eventually to the under-construction Hunter Street Station of the Sydney Metro West project and then through to Wynyard Station. The Sydney Metro City & Southwest project will allow City commuters travel from Martin Place to North Sydney under the harbour in only seven minutes. It is expected that over 15,600 people who will use the station in the morning peak. joined by many others who will come to enjoy the vast new urban space that has emerged.

Sydney, Australia

Project Type
Rail and Mass Transit →

Development Consent: 
City of Sydney and NSW Government

Design/Build Contractor: 

North Tower architect: 

South Tower architect: 

Macquarie Group