Location: Batman Street, West Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Project Director: Rohan Wilson
Design Team: Rebecca Alavi, Yasushi Honda, Philip Weatherlake, Vi Vuong, Natalie Yong, Gus Kroyherr, Lucy Brylski, John Hoogwerf, Lachlan McEwan, Wilson Heng, Evelyn Lian, Dominique Loilie, Daragh Doyle
Area: 17,500 sqm
Photographs: Mark Wilson, Dianna Snape
Herzog & de Meuron and HASSELL‘s winning design for Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station might not be built due to the fact “the State Government has of yet, refused to promise funding for the design, and ruled out selling the station in order to finance the construction.” The project was estimated to cost “approximately $1 billion to $1.5 billion to be realised”, which is “on top of the $1.6 million already spent on the competition”, leading critics to describe the competition as a “waste of money.”
Once labeled ‘an empty useless city center,’ by architectural commentator Norman Day, the city of Melbourne’s transformation since the 1980s has been dramatic. Today, Melbourne is internationally recognized as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with a vibrant, urbane downtown. Currently on show until December 21st at City Gallery in Melbourne, this exhibition examines the impact and legacy of the Postcode 3000 planning policy. Curated by Rob Adams, the exhibition looks at the genesis and typologies of this change and its ongoing impact on the form and vitality of central Melbourne. It asks the question: do we fully comprehend the impact of this latest boom? For more information, please visit here.