Victoria Premier Denis Napthine
Victoria Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett
Flinders Street Station Designs Revealed
Victor P Taffa
The six shortlisted designs of the Flinders Street Station Design Competition have been revealed for the first time with Premier Denis Napthine today launching the People’s Choice component of the competition.
“From today everyone can inspect the designs and cast their vote. I encourage all Victorians to participate and I think they will be excited by what they see.” Dr. Napthine said.
“From the very beginning, the Victorian Coalition Government aimed to run a competition that encompassed not just Australian designs, but the best ideas from around the world to restore and reinvigorate the whole 4.7 ha station precinct.”
“All six of these fantastic designs re-imagine Flinders Street as more than just a station; they are visions for a whole new riverside precinct for Melbourne.”
“They are, each in their own way, bold statements that challenge us to think of Flinders Street as an integrated part of Melbourne and its surrounding areas, such as Federation Square, Southbank and the Arts Precinct.”
“Importantly, these designs also protect what we love about Flinders Street Station. The existing building is one of Melbourne and Victoria’s most recognisable landmarks and the Coalition Government is committed to its preservation.”
“At the same time, we need to consider designs that improve the transport function of the station and we will be asking people to take this into consideration when voting for the People’s Choice Award.” Dr. Napthine said.
Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said the People’s Choice Award voting was a unique opportunity for people to get involved in the design competition.
“We want people to think about all aspects of the designs this is more than a beauty contest.” Mr. Hodgett said.
“The public will see the same plans, images, videos and material that have been provided to competition jury so they can make an informed decision for the People’s Choice Award.”
“This award is also about hearing what the community thinks is important for Flinders Street. Feedback gathered through the voting will be used to develop and refine future plans for the station.”
“Melbourne is a city that loves good design and vigorous debate, so please log on to the voting site and let us know what you think.” Mr. Hodgett said.
The shortlisted contestants are:
- Ashton Raggatt McDougall (Melbourne);
- John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw (Australia and UK);
- HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron (Melbourne and Switzerland);
- NH Architecture (Melbourne);
- Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina (Columbia via University of Melbourne);
- Zaha Hadid Architecture & BVN Architecture (UK and Melbourne).
The People’s Choice Award runs from Tuesday 23 July until Monday 5 August.