This shortlisted proposal was collaboratively designed for the Victorian Government’s competition to reimagine Melbourne’s historic Flinders Street Station as a vibrant contemporary transport hub.
Responding to the existing public surroundings of the Yarra River, Federation Square, and the city itself, the new design relocates the concourse from the eastern edge to the north–south axis of the Administration Building.
This new alignment creates space for a generous covered public place along the eastern edge of the site with a series of landscaped parks, bridges and underpasses along the station’s southern side forming links between Flinders Street and the banks of the Yarra.
The design takes note of the theatrical nature of the surrounding heritage architecture and includes promenades and amphitheatres with a new Grand Railway Dining Room and restored ballroom at either side of the historic buildings.
Performance spaces in vaulted archways and elevated gardens over the arches create lively urban edges that engage with the surrounding city fabric.
The scheme provides space for amenities such a design museum, and considered commercial and residential developments along the northwestern periphery, as well as immeasurably improving station functions.
While retaining the iconic main entrance with its much-loved array of clocks, the revised station design encourages greater use of the entire site, creating a coherent, dynamic gateway to Melbourne city.
Major Projects Victoria
46,800 sq m
John Wardle Architects and Room 11