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Thursday24 July 2014

Zaha Hadid, Grimshaw and Herzog & de Meuron unveil Flinders Street proposals

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Public asked to vote on shortlisted architects’ schemes

The finalists in the £600,000 contest to redesign Melbourne’s famous Flinders Street Station have revealed their proposals.

Zaha Hadid, Grimshaw and Herzog & de Meuron are among the international practices that were shortlisted in the competition which seeks to “re-energise” the 1909 station and its public realm beside the River Yarra.

Zaha Hadid Architects and BVN's proposal for Flinders Street Station

Zaha Hadid Architects and BVN’s proposal for Flinders Street Station

A major public consultation exercise has been launched with all six schemes explained and illustrated in detail on the Victorian government website along with the chance to vote.

The six teams are:

  • Zaha Hadid Architects and BVN
  • Hassell and Herzog & de Meuron
  • John Wardle and Grimshaw
  • Ashton Raggatt McDougall
  • NH Architects
  • Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina

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  • Crumbs! Never thought I'd say this but (though Herzog's looks interesting) I think I prefer Zaha's. Complete fail on the main entrance perspective though (image 2), it makes it look like the Victorian Flinders is 10 storeys high.

    The station does need a revamp but all create a huge buffer between the city and Yarra, save for Velasquez's proposals

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  • A comprehensive damnation of current "Architectural thinking" : if that isn't an oxymoron? Wall to wall ephemeral crap riddled with pointless dynamics and irrational structures. All as bad as each other : that says a great deal about the "me-to" culture that pervades architecture generally. Tragic! Re-run the competition but exclude any "names" from participating!!??

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