Flinders Street Station 

Client: Major Projects Victoria
Competition: Open anonymous two-stage design competition
Winner: HASSELL with Herzog + de Meuron

The Victorian Government committed to a $1 million prize pool for an international design competition to help rejuvenate and restore Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station. The guiding objectives of the Flinders Street Station Design Competition are:

  • to upgrade the station to its former glory—in  the tradition of other great cities around  the world—as a Victorian and international landmark and a centrepiece of the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD);
  • to restore and protect the Administration Building and other heritage elements with adaptive reuse of areas of high public interest such as the ballroom, making them accessible to the public;
  • to improve all aspects of the transport function of the station and adjacent transport modes and cater for significant growth in transport patronage;
  • to better integrate the station with the surrounding precincts that have grown up around it and provide better linkages
  • between the CBD and the Yarra River;
  • to better utilise the land adjacent to rail and the air space above rail on the western portion of the site;
  • to provide significant civic space, while allowing for a distinctive and memorable architectural outcome, with a mix of uses
  • to provide a value-for-money solution capable of being (at least partially) self-funding