Designing a Melbourne tram stop for the year 2030.
Designing a modular tram stop system for Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs considering sustainability and inclusive design features.
Touring around the city I took notes on how current tram stops looked and commuters interactions with them.
what I spotted in the city helped inspire features for inclusive designs and gave clearer direction for ideation. Part of this exercise involved wearing items aimed to impair us in some way whether it's physically, visually or audibly this was to build a higher level of empathy with users who require additional accessibility features.
Brainstorming, sketching and refining followed to create and narrow designs and prioritise features for the tram stop.
Materials needed to be resistant or easily replaced/repaired in the case of vandalism and also inviting to encourage public transport use. Form was important for safety and inclusiveness as there had to be ways for the design to accommodate features to make it more usable and accessible. Modularity needed to be considered so the design can be implemented on small tram stops in the suburbs as well as larger stops in the CBD.
A wide UHPC (ultra-high-performance concrete) base supports a stainless steel frame flowing from bench to roof encases an interactive screen mounted between reinforced glass windows. Solar panels on top of the timber panelled roof powers the whole stop.
LED tactile paving provides an indication of the wait time for an incoming tram, red (>10), yellow (10<), Green (2<).
A multi-lingual interactive screen allows commuters to plan out their journeys to key tourist destinations.