Nebula / Andrew Maynard Architects

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Architects: Andrew Maynard Architects
Location: , Australia
Area: 62 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects, Nic Granleese

Hihou / Denton Corker Marshall

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Architects: Denton Corker Marshall
Location: 1 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000,
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Area: 230.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Itsuka Studio

Exhibition: Melbourne Now

Melbourne Now celebrates the latest art, architecture, design, performance and cultural practice to reflect the complex creative landscape of .

This ambitious and far-reaching exhibition across The Ian Potter Centre: NGV and NGV International presents the various ways in which visual artists and creative practitioners profoundly contribute to the society in which we live, and to Melbourne as a city with a unique and dynamic cultural identity.

Melbourne Now is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary project that has involved staff from all areas of the NGV, as well as a team of guest curators and artistic collaborators whose expertise and networks represent the excellence and diversity of Melbourne’s cultural community.

Complete information about the artists and projects can be found here.

Title: Exhibition: Melbourne Now
Website: http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/melbournenow/about-melbourne-now
Organizers: National Gallery of Victoria
From: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 
Until: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 
Venue: National Gallery of Victoria
Address: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Bluetrain / Studio Equator

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Architects: Studio Equator
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Andrew Wuttke

The Mullet / March Studio

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Architects: March Studio
Location: VIC, Australia
Area: 320 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Gollings

Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station May Not Be Built

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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.”

Craigieburn Bypass / Tonkin Zulaikha Greer + Taylor Cullity Lethlean

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Architects: Taylor Cullity Lethlean + Tonkin Zulaikha Greer
Location: Hume Freeway, VIC, Australia
Design Team: Peter Tonkin, Neil Mackenzie, Heidi Pronk, Kon Vourtzoumis, Richard Healey-Finlay
Landscape Architecture: . Artist: Robert Owen
Photographs: Peter Hyatt

Postcode 3000 Exhibition

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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.

33 MacKenzie Street / Elenberg Fraser

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Architects: Elenberg Fraser
Location: Melbourne VIC,
Architect In Charge: Callum Fraser
Project Manager: CEL Australia Pty Ltd
Contractor: Brookfield Multiplex
Photographs: Peter Clarke

The Flinders Street Station “People’s Choice Award” Winning Proposal / Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina

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Although ultimately not chosen by the jury, who favored HESSELL & Herzog de Meuron’s plan, this proposal by Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina for the rejuvenation of Flinders Street Station garnered the most votes from the public, winning the People’s Choice Award. The ‘Courtyard Within a Station’ concept seeks to activate the north bank of the river, as well as the western end of the site, and to improve the connection to Federation Square; the idea was to not only make the station a significant transportation node within Melbourne, but a new social and cultural center for the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / NH Architecture

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Designed by NH Architecture, their competition entry for the in Melbourne was recently shorlisted for the People’s Choice Award, organized by Major Projects Victoria. Their design seeks to capture this ‘Melbourness’ and create a new landmark for the city. From cultural to sporting, transport to tourism, this connection between the city and the river binds its colonial past with a trajectory for the next century. Their concept is generated from a combination of conceptual diagrams with the ribbons of infrastructure being over laid with a new form of public networking. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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 architects’ description after the break.

St James Plaza / ASPECT Studios

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

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.

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 . 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 architects’ description after the break.

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 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…

Sunday Apartments / Woods Bagot

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