The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects + BVN Architecture

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Recently announced as one of the shortlisted entries in the People’s Choice Award competition organized by Major Projects Victoria, this design for the Flinders Street Station weaves together the history of the station with a potent new form to create a new public place for the future. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects + BVN Architecture, their concept resolves the functional challenges while celebrating the travel experience. More images and ’ description after the break.

St James Plaza / ASPECT Studios

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: ASPECT Studios
Location: , Victoria, Australia
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Lloyd

BLAXLAND / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

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: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Location: Sydney,
Collaborators: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with JMD Design
Area: 52.27 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Lonsdale Street Dandenong / TCL/BKK partnership

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Architects: TCL/BKK Architects
Location: , Victoria,
Project Team: Simon Knott, Perry Lethlean, Scott Adams, Lisa Howard, Noelle Teh, Lin Tan, Michael Roper, Michael White
Area: 70,000 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: John Gollings

The Flinders Street Station Winning Proposal / HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron

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The winning proposal for the competition comes from HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron. The design integrates the station with the surrounding urban context, which has evolved and changed significantly since the building was designed 100 years ago. The station concept draws from many aspects – the site’s historic fabric, location, and linear nature; the original 19th century design and existing heritage fabric; the river and city edge, rail, public and river-based operations as well as the station’s place within the city fabric and public realm. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Winner Announced for Flinders Street Station

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Despite not winning the “People’s Choice Award,” HASSELL and Herzog de Meuron have, with a unanimous vote, won the competition to design the in Victoria, Australia.

As the Guardian reports, Victoria’s premier, Denis Napthine, noted that the proposal displayed a ”beautiful and compelling integration of aspects of the original station design [...] The design was judged to offer the best experience for rail travellers with a layout that was spacious, comfortable and easy to get around” (more images and info on the proposal here).

Nevertheless, the “People’s Choice” poll, which garnered more than 19,000 participants, had preferred a proposal from a team from the University of Melbourne: Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina. Find an image from this proposal, after the break…

ARBORETUM / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects

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: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects
Location: Canberra,
Collaborators: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer with Taylor CullityLethlean
Area: 4,000 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

Assemble Studio / Assemble

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Architects: Assemble
Location: VIC, Australia
Design Team: Quino Holland, Giuseppe Demaio and Ben Keck
Designed In Collaboration And Built By: Wes Old, Mark Coules, Lachlan Chapman and Maxi Walker
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tanja Milbourne

Cook Park Amenities / Fox Johnston

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: Fox Johnston
Location: Sans Souci, Sydney, Australia
Builder: Platinum Projects
Structural: Jones Nicholson
Hydraulic: Jones Nicholson
Access: Access Australia
Mechanical: Coutts Cost Consultants
Year: 2012
Photographs: Brett Boardman

The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw

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As part of the People’s Choice Award launch by Major Projects Victoria, this design by  John Wardle Architects + Grimshawwas selected as one of the shortlisted competition proposals for the rejuvenation of in Melbourne. Their design conceives the station as an ensemble, each part precisely considerate of its place in the city. The theatrical nature of the station is amplified by the stitching of city to river. Landscape, bridges and vaults from the threads. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / Ashton Raggatt McDougall

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Designed by Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM), their proposal for the , which was recently shortlisted in the design competition part of the People’s Choice Award launch by Major Projects Victoria. Their proposal aims to create a seamless interface with the city, its streets and lanes, its intermodal transportation, and its future dreams. On the river this seamlessness is not so much a measurement of ease or just intentionality, but rather instead a sudden sense of spectacle, a special realization of the river that’s always been there, even a sense of history and time. More images and ’ description after the break.

Bondi House / Fearns Studio

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Architects: Fearns Studio
Location: , Australia
Project Team: Matt Fearns
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Tom Ferguson

Six Flinders Street Station Proposals Battle It Out for “People’s Choice Award”

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UPDATE: Public voting is now closed. Feel free to review the concepts and share your thoughts in the comment section below. 

The Victorian Coalition Government’s design competition to re-imagine ’s beloved Flinders Street Station has entered its final phase as the public submits their last minute votes for the “People’s Choice Award” today, August 5. Though each proposal is dramatically different, ranging from ’ carefully calculated, sinuous curves to Herzog & de Meuron’s extrusion of vaulted canopies, all promise to elevate the station’s status to the 21st century whilst respecting its historic context.

Form your own opintion and vote for your favorite after the break…

Sunday Apartments / Woods Bagot

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Architects: Woods Bagot
Location: Coventry Street, Southbank, Melbourne,
Development And Project Managers: Premier Capital Developments
Branding: Cornwall Design
Photographs: Trevor Mein

Fitzroy North Residence / Chan Architecture

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: Chan Architecture
Location: Melbourne,
Project Team: Anthony Chan, Miriam Harris, Mei Yang, Michelle Ng
Builder: Whelan Master Builders
Structural Engineer: Jonicha Consulting Engineers
Building Surveyor: Wilsmore Nelson Group
Energy Rater: Green Doors
Land Surveyor: Aline Surveying
Geotechnical Engineer: Apex Geotechnical
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brendan Finn, Mark Fergus

Happy Birthday Glenn Murcutt!

Marika-Alderton House, Northern Territory, , 1994 © , Courtesy the Pritzker Prize Committee

“Layering and changeability: this is the key, the combination that is worked into most of my buildings. Occupying one of these buildings is like sailing a yacht; you modify and manipulate its form and skin according to seasonal conditions and natural elements, and work with these to maximize the performance of the building.” – Glenn Murcutt, 1996

Today, on the 77th birthday of Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge the lasting impact Murcutt’s career has left on the profession of architecture. Since establishing his practice in 1979, Murcutt has steadily developed a series of small, yet exemplary projects that have become the touchstone of sustainable architecture. 

A selection of his work, after the break…

Beach House / Clare Cousins

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Architects: Clare Cousins
Location: Mornington, VIC,
Area: 48 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Cowshed House / Carter Williamson Architects

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: Carter Williamson Architects
Location: Glebe, New South Wales,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Brett Boardman