The design team consequently created two large, soaring entry canopies one on either side that are directly aligned with the central axis of the future town centre plaza. The canopies flow down over the station to form two long, overlapping wings that shelter the platforms.
"On one side the entry canopy extends over the bus station pedestrian crossing so that it appears to reach out towards the town centre," says Ainsworth. "This helps to provide a strong sense of arrival.
"The external form of the building also provides a sense of connection between the upper concourse and the platforms below, which are set within a rail cutting. This creates a strong sense of movement that helps visitors to the station understand the way it is organised."
Ainsworth says the use of a single, sandwich-panel roofing system that combines the roofing, insulation and ceiling in one, allowed the spans to measure 9m, rather than the conventional 6m span adopted on previous station projects in Perth.
"This helps to create a light, airy interior. And because the spacing between the beams is greater, it significantly reduces the steel tonnage for the project."
The split-roof arrangement allows for plenty of natural light to flood the interior, through blue Danpalon semi-transparent polycarbonate panels.
Another key feature of the interior is a large, curved, bright red canopy above the ticketing booth that wraps down around the underside of the concourse, visually linking the upper and lower levels.