Flinders Station International Design Competition


The culturally significant Flinders Street Station building is a historical Melbourne landmark which was never completed to the original design intent conceived by Fawcett and Ashworth.

At the heart of this proposal is the intent to retain the proportions originally conceived by Fawcett and Ashworth for the Swanston Street elevation. The design philosophy results in a concept identity which is unique yet firmly rooted in its heritage context.

The design proposal enhances the pedestrian-friendly civic precinct, through the creation of significant linkages referencing key nodes and creating a new rapport with Federation Square. Contemporary architectural language is employed to sensitively reference the missing portion of the Swanston Street elevation.

The development weaves a new layer of tapestry into the existing urban fabric incorporating: the new eastern concourse and the elevated urban green plaza which connects Southbank to Flinders Street and beyond to the north; the Banana Alley Vaults which are regenerated with a proposed commercial/retail precinct; and the urban green public plaza and the facades of a proposed commercial development which frame the view from Queen Street.

This 3-dimensional tapestry seamlessly forms the canopy that shelters the station concourse. A clear and iconic modern architectural element has been generated and defined by the various key approaches and view shafts.

The proposal improves access to the new Flinders Street Station enhancing linkages to the South Bank, CBD and Federation Square, connecting all parts of the city to this historic landmark.