The winning proposal for the Flinders Street Station 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.
Despite not winning the “People’s Choice Award,” HASSELL and Herzog de Meuron have, with a unanimous vote, won the competition to design the Flinders Street Station 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…
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 Flinders Street Station 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.
Designed by Ashton Raggatt McDougall (ARM), their proposal for the Flinders Street Station, 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 architects’ description after the break.
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 Melbourne’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 Zaha Hadid Architects’ 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…
Architects: Chan Architecture
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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
Photographs: Brendan Finn, Mark Fergus
“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…