Design is a battlefield… meet the contenders

Earlier this week we disused the Melbourne Open House which this year for a limited few includes a tour of the heritage ballroom within Flinders Street Station located in Melbourne Australia. The iconic building and station is in desperate need of some TLC and a new lease on life in the 21st century. In November 2011, the Victorian Coalition Government launched a $1 million international design competition to rejuvenate and restore Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station. The Flinders Street Station Design Competition seeks the best ideas from around the world to re-energise the station and its surrounds, while maintaining its beloved heritage features. The People’s Choice Award provides the public with an opportunity to give feedback on the six shortlisted designs. The short list has been published and Design Addicts encourages you to have a look and Vote.  The top 6 are designs by Zaha Hadid & BVN, Eduardo Velasquez+Manuel Pineda+Santiago Medina, NH Architecture , John Wardle architects+Grimshaw, Hassell+Herzog & De Meuron and Ashton Raggatt McDougall . On Thursday 8 August, the Jury winner and the People’s Choice Award will be announced.

Zaha Hadid & BVN

Zaha Hadid & BVN Flinders Street Station concept

Zaha Hadid & BVN Flinders Street Station – 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.

John Wardle architects+Grimshaw

John Wardle architects+Grimshaw Flinders Street Station Concept

John Wardle architects+GrimshawDesign strategies and architectural language have been developed out of the site’s immediate context and its place within the wider city of Melbourne. The station has been reorganised to allow the historic fabric to be revered and restored, yet strong interventions have been made where they are necessary to create connections with new urban conditions. The proposal is finely tuned to its context responding precisely to the different conditions of the surrounding riverbank, Federation Square, and the city. The pattern of bridges, underpasses, vaults and park orient towards an organic movement between city and river, and are stitched together across the full length of the site.

Hassell+Herzog & De Meuron

Hassell+Herzog & De Meuron Flinders Street concept

Hassell+Herzog & De Meuron – Decades after the people of Melbourne first talked about “meeting under the clocks” at Flinders Street Station, the HASSELL + Herzog and de Meuron proposal updates it for the 21st Century, turning it from a place to hurry through to a destination. The overall design merit of the proposal can be seen in a new, major public art gallery, public plaza, amphitheatre, marketplace, and a permanent home for arts and cultural festival organisations. But we have also delivered the glory of the first 19th Century design for Flinders Street Station.

Story by Richard Misso. Images courtesy of Major Projects Victoria.To see the top 6 and vote visit Flinders Street Design Competition.

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