the world's most visited architecture website

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects


Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.


Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »


All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.


Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Train Station
  4. Australia
  5. Zaha Hadid Architects
  6. 2013
  7. The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects + BVN Architecture

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

The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects + BVN Architecture
The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects + BVN Architecture, © Visual Arch
© Visual Arch

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.

© Visual Arch
© Visual Arch

Our proposal creates a new place that embodies the urbanity of Melbourne, with its quirks, character and heritage. It is designed around a new public space that traverses the site, connecting to a reinvigorated Yarra River promenade.

© Visual Arch
© Visual Arch

Our proposal includes:

-  A new Western Concourse
-  Access from the coathanger Bridge to the Concourse
-  New public spaces
-  The restoration and adaptive reuse of the Administration Building
-  The return of rail administration
-  New office space, a boutique hotel and destination retail
-  New event space with views of the Yarra
-  Reconstruction of the north bank
-  Realignment of William Street to improve traffic flow and create a forecourt for the Immigration Museum.

© Visual Arch
© Visual Arch

The transport function is improved by a greatly improved access into the station and by providing un-ticketed access through the station. The station address is improved by increasing permeability through the Administration Building. A new pedestrian tunnel runs beneath all platforms, connecting them to the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel to create an open, safe concourse, with clear visibility, sight lines and wayfinding.

© Visual Arch
© Visual Arch

Flinders Street Station is a Melbourne institution. The memory of its facade, of its clocks and activity lies deep within the psyche of the city. The scheme realizes the original idea from 1900 of a grand station by restoring the existing building and ensuring the southern facade of the Administration Building is visible. This concept also has a new galleria space on the concourse between the Administration Building and concourse. The Banana Alley Vaults are restored and become an active hotel lobby with bars, restaurants and cafes.

© Visual Arch
© Visual Arch

A piazza crosses the site, linking the city to Southbank across Sandridge Bridge. Improved connections are created via stairs, ramps, escalators and lifts.

© Visual Arch
© Visual Arch

A new amphitheatre and performance pontoon is located on the river in the middle of the site. Bikes and pedestrian pathways have been redefined along the river edge to create clear and safe separation. Circulation through the site is now public.

© Visual Arch
© Visual Arch

The tram stops on Swanston Street are relocated to improve connectivity to Federation Square. The combination of these two significant public spaces across the shared zone of Swanston Street establishes a new event/public space for the city.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • Landscape Architect

    Gross Max
  • Cost Planner

    Davis Langdon
  • Structural Engineer

    Bollinger Grohmann + Felicetti
  • Concourse Structure, Civil, Rail Planning, Traffic

  • Services, ESD, Fire Engineering, Acoustics, Vibration

  • Heritage

    Andronas Conservation Architects
  • Town Planner

  • Retail Strategy

    Saunders Global
  • Development Consultant

  • Project Year

  • Photographs

View the complete gallery

About this office
Zaha Hadid Architects
BVN Architecture
Cite: Alison Furuto. "The Flinders Street Station Shortlisted Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects + BVN Architecture" 08 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

You've started following your first account!

Did you know?

You'll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.