Reservoir Station

Reservoir Station

Reservoir Station is wrapped in a translucent canopy representing the reflecting light of rippling water. The materials and form echo the history of Reservoir; supplying fresh water to the people of Melbourne.


We are proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the Country in which Reservoir Station is located. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.


Location: Reservoir, VIC
Status: Complete
Year: 2020
Size: 8,492m2
Photography: Peter Clarke

Project Team

Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP)
North Western Program Alliance (NWPA)
John Holland Group: Principal Contractor
Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR): Principal Designer
Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM): Network Operator
McGregor Coxall: Landscape Architect


Awarded for Special Prize Exterior – Passenger Stations, Prix Versailles, 2021
Awarded for Rail Sustainability, Australasian Rail Industry Awards, 2021
Winner, Architectural Design, Good Design Awards, 2021
Gold Gov Design Award, Transport, 2021
Gold Gov Design Award, Urban Design, 2021
Shortlisted for Sustainable Architecture, Public Architecture, and Urban Design, Australian Institute of Architects, VIC Chapter, 2021



Reservoir Station revitalises the civic heart of a burgeoning suburb, with a design that references its historic character and looks to the future.

The design for Reservoir Station was driven by a desire to reconnect with the local cultural and social context, while embracing the opportunity to re-imagine the multi-modal transport hub. Genton capitalised on the introduction of an elevated rail corridor as a way to unify the retail and community centre of Reservoir through the creation of a new public space under an iconic piece of architecture in the centre of the suburb that would act as a geographical beacon within the surrounding municipality.

The design solution wraps the elevated platform in a translucent canopy large enough to define the station as a prominent civic landmark. The structure is divided into a larger and smaller canopy, and, with the opposing angles of these canopies acting as an arch to define the edges of the new ground-level public space. The outcome is a clear visual connection between Edwardes Street and Broadway, with the central connection of a ground-level public forecourt forming a stepping-stone for pedestrians and commuters moving between the two high streets.

Sustainability initiatives in Genton’s design approach – such as the use of recycled glass sand in the concrete, the inclusion of rainwater storage and remote metering of water and energy consumption – saw Reservoir Station recognised as the first Five-Star Greenstar Rail Building in Victoria. The design of the station has both created a central beacon for the suburb, informed by history of the place, while also reconnecting the two retail high streets, enhancing safety and activation of the area with transformational benefits that will develop over the years to come.


We are proud to acknowledge that Genton's studios are on the lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation and the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation.