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Winner of Melbourne station design competition announced

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The public have spoken and voted a design by a team of Australian and Swiss architects as the winner of the Flinders Street station redevelopment competition.

Hassell and Herzog & De Meuron came top of a shortlist of five concepts by architectural firms around the world.

Last month, the Victorian Government launched the ‘People’s Choice’ competition to find out how the public wanted to see the historic station brought into the 21st century.

In total, 118 designs were submitted.

Flinders Street Hassell interior

Premier Denis Napthine said: “The jury was unanimous in its decision to award first prize to Hassell, Herzog & De Meuron, describing their design as ‘a beautiful and compelling integration of aspects of the original station design, strongly reinforcing its gateway status’.

“The jury has praised the winning design for its respect for the heritage of the Administration Building while creating new and memorable additions to the station, such as the vaulted train hall, the new gallery and riverside amphitheater.”

Flinders Street Station is the busiest metropolitan railway station in Melbourne and has undergone a series of modernisations since it was built in 1854.

Flinders Street Hassell interior 2

Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said: “The jury particularly liked the design’s central plaza, seeing it as an ‘important new public space’.

“With its combination of a market, art gallery, amphitheatre and plaza, the design will make the station a destination in itself rather than solely a journey way point.”


  1. Ugh. Looks like large noodles from the outside. What is it with architects always wanting to make a ‘statement’? Looks like sh1t. Though the inside does look good.

  2. Well the people choice award goes to a good design. The Jury’s favourite that will actually get built looks really bad in every way.


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