Flinders Street Station Design Competition

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  • 2013-08-08 - HASSELL, Herzog and De Meuron win Flinders Street Station Design Competition
    HASSELL, Herzog and De Meuron win Flinders Street Station Design Competition The Australian/Swiss design team of HASSELL, Herzog and De Meuron has won the Flinders Street Station Design Competition, Premier Denis Napthine announced today.
     
    “The jury was unanimous in its decision to award first prize to HASSELL, Herzog & De Meuron, describing their design as ‘a beautiful and compelling integration of aspects of the original station design, strongly reinforcing its gateway status’,” Dr Napthine said.
     
    Dr Napthine added that the Jury Report went on to say that ‘the proposal offers tremendous benefits to Victorians, connecting the city to the north with the river and Southbank while, at the same time opening up views and access to the historic administration building.’
     
    “The jury has praised the winning design for its respect for the heritage of the Administration Building while creating new and memorable additions to the station, such as the vaulted train hall, the new gallery and riverside amphitheatre,” Mr Napthine said.
     
    “The design was judged to offer the best experience for rail travelers with a layout that was spacious, comfortable and easy to get around.
     
    “The jury also noted how the design retained and adapted many of the station’s key heritage elements such as the Administration Building, the ticket kiosk, the Milk Dock and the Banana Alley Vaults to provide for their long-term viable use.”
     
    Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said the jury had felt the design would revitalise Flinders Street as a key city street as well as improve the western end of the site with a new park or plaza around Queen Street.
     
    “The jury particularly liked the design’s central plaza, seeing it as an ‘important new public space’. With its combination of a market, art gallery, amphitheatre and plaza, the design will make the station a destination in itself rather than solely a journey way point.
     
    “The jury praised the HASSELL, Herzog & De Meuron design for its ‘evident sophistication and overall quality’ going on to add that it ‘could indeed provide a major city changing outcome with benefit for all Victorians’,” Mr Hodgett said.
  • 2013-08-08 - Local university students storm home in People’s Choice vote
    Local university students storm home in People’s Choice vote The University of Melbourne team of Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina, have won the Flinders Street Station Design Competition People’s Choice Award with an overall score of 279,827 points, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett announced today.
     
    “This is a fairy tale win for a group of three young Colombian nationals; fresh graduates from the University of Melbourne. To be on the short list with some of the world’s best architects and then win the People’s Choice Award is an amazing achievement,” Mr Hodgett said.
     
    “Velasquez, Pineda and Medina’s design, which features a rolling green park over the length of the station site, has captured voters’ imaginations. The design won all four voting categories: overall design merit; transport function; cultural heritage and iconic status; and urban design and precinct integration.”
     
    Mr Hodgett said the six short list competitors were ranked as follows:
     
    1. Velasquez, Pineda and Medina 279,827 points
    2. John Wardle Architects and Grimshaw 235,915 points
    3. HASSELL and Herzog & de Meuron 227,935 points
    4. NH Architecture 215,023 points
    5. Ashton Raggatt McDougall 209,413 points
    6. Zaha Hadid Architecture and BVN Architecture 207,192 points
     
    “Looking at their comments, voters particularly liked the winning design’s creation of new parkland in the city and the way it integrated with Federation Square,” Mr Hodgett said.
     
    Premier Denis Napthine said that the voting had captured the imagination of Victorians, and the winning design had proved popular with all demographics.
     
    “The People’s Choice Award winner’s design was equally popular across gender and age lines and was praised by voters for its sympathetic treatment of the Administration Building,” Dr Napthine said.
     
    “The Coalition Government is delighted with the public response to the People’s Choice Award. Almost 19,000 people voted and the site received more than 1.5 million page views in a two week period.
     
    “I would like to thank everyone who voted and provided feedback on each of the designs. It is clear from the data we have collected that people have really engaged with the designs and thought about them carefully.
     
    “This feedback and the comments we have received will be a valuable resource as we work through the next steps of the project. 
     
    “We have more than 620,000 pieces of data – numbers and text - that we will take away and analyse in depth. The results of this will then be used in future planning and decision making on the project to ensure the best possible outcome for Flinders Street Station and Victoria,” Dr Napthine said.
  • 2013-08-04 - Flinders Street Station People’s Choice voting closes tomorrow
    Flinders Street Station People’s Choice voting closes tomorrow The Flinders Street Station Design Competition’s People’s Choice Award voting will close at midnight tomorrow, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said today.
     
    “Voting closes at midnight on Monday 5 August, so tomorrow is your last chance to have your say in the People’s Choice vote and we encourage everyone to log on, vote and tell us what you think,” Mr Hodgett said.
     
    “What we have seen from the web site statistics and hearing anecdotally is that a relatively high number of people are visiting the site several times. What this indicates is that people are really taking their time to understand the designs and give a considered response. If you are one of those people who are yet to make up their mind, tomorrow is your last chance.
     
    “We’ve been delighted with the response to the People’s Choice vote so far with more than 17,000 votes lodged since Tuesday 23 July and look forward to seeing the feedback the public have given us,” Mr Hodgett said.
     
    Minister Hodgett said plans were underway to do a detailed analysis of the voting statistics and comments.
     
    “While the primary aim of the People’s Choice Award was to determine a popular winner, the voting system also operates as a form of community consultation. Once a competition winner has been announced we will begin the task of analysing the feedback.
     
    “The results will then be used by Government as part of its decision making and to refine and develop the winning design in the future.
     
    “The Government wants to hear the people’s voice on the future of Flinders St and in this sense voter’s comments on the designs are as important as their ratings.
     
    “While the People’s Choice Award voting is not factored into the jury’s decision, the design competition has been run according to the Architect’s Institute of Australia’s (AIA) guidelines which state that competitions must be judged by juries of professional architects.
     
    “However, what the People’s Choice Award results will do is influence the Government who will make the critical decisions about the future of Flinders St Station. The voting is a chance for people to have their say heard directly by Government.
     
    “There is only one day left, so please go to www.voteflindersst.com.au and let us know what you think about the designs and have your say on the future of the station,” Mr Hodgett said.
     
    The results of the design competition and the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Thursday 8 August.
  • 2013-08-01 - Flinders Street Station People’s Choice vote ignites public imagination
    Flinders Street Station People’s Choice vote ignites public imagination More than 15,500 votes have been cast so far in the People’s Choice Award of the Flinders Street Station Design Competition, Premier Denis Napthine announced today.
     
    "The response to the People's Choice vote has been fantastic with thousands of people providing feedback and selecting their favourite design since voting opened last Tuesday,” Dr Napthine said.
     
    “More than 140,000 people have visited www.voteflindersst.com over the last nine days and clocked up more than 1.3 million page views. In the first 24 hours the website accounted for one third of total Victorian Government online traffic.
     
    “Younger people have really taken to the People’s Choice with 77 per cent of voters aged under 40. Large numbers of voters are from the inner city and major regional centres such as Geelong and Ballarat. Furthermore, 55% per cent of voters are men.
     
    “Social media has also played a big role in spreading the word about the competition with more than half of the visitors to the voting website being referred from Facebook or Twitter. 
     
    “Interestingly, what we are seeing in the statistics and hearing anecdotally is that many people are taking their time to investigate the designs - often visiting several times before making their vote.
     
    “The People’s Choice has sparked healthy debate about the competition and designs across the community and it’s been exciting to see people get so engaged in talking about the future of our beloved station,” Dr Napthine said.
     
    Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett said the Flinders Street Station Design Competition was capturing international attention.
     
    “With some of the best architecture firms in the world amongst the shortlist it isn’t surprising that the world is taking some notice. We have now received votes from more than 148 countries around the world including the U.K., US.A, Japan and as far afield as Azerbaijan and Rwanda,” Mr Hodgett said. 
     
    “As the Melbourne Open House event last weekend proved, Melbourne has a culture of design and it’s great to see this competition promoting that to the world.
     
    "Voting closes on Monday August 5th, and I encourage all Melburnians to jump online, have a look at the six exciting new designs, and share their views on the future of Melbourne’s iconic station"
     
    Key Statistics:
     
    Votes by age range
    Age - %
    16 – 20 9%
    21 – 30 42%
    31 – 40 26%
    41 – 50 11%
    51 – 60 6%
    60+ 3%
    Not specified 3%
     
    Top ten voter suburbs
    1. Melbourne CBD Top ten countries of origin
    2. Richmond 1. Australia
    3. Brunswick 2. United Kingdom
    4. South Yarra 3. United States
    5. Carlton 4. Japan
    6. Prahran 5. Germany
    7. Northcote 6. Singapore
    8. St Kilda 7. Hong Kong
    9. Flemington 8. Columbia
    10. Clifton Hill 9. Malaysia
    10. New Zealand
     
    Top ten regional cities
    1. Geelong
    2. Ballarat
    3. Bendigo
    4. Warrnambool
    5. Traralgon
    6. Moe
    7. Mildura
    8. Morwell
    9. Horsham
    10. Portland
     
    Top 25 cities of origin
    1. Melbourne     
    2. Sydney    
    3. Brisbane 
    4. Perth     
    5. London 
    6. Adelaide     
    7. Hong Kong   
    8. Singapore    
    9. Canberra    
    10. New York   
    11. Hobart   
    12. Minato     
    13. Auckland
    14. Geelong
    15. Medellin
    16. Kuala Lumpur
    17. Bogota Basel
    18. Berlin
    19. Paris
    20. Jakarta
    21. Shanghai
    22. Setagaya
    23. Osaka
    24. Toronto
    25. Bangkok
  • 2013-07-23 - Flinders Street Station designs revealed
    Flinders Street Station designs revealed

    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 hectare 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); and
    Zaha Hadid Architecture & BVN Architecture (UK and Melbourne).

    The People’s Choice Award runs from Tuesday 23 July until Monday 5 August.
     
    To vote visit: www.voteflindersst.com.au

  • 2013-07-04 - Flinders Street Station Design Competition enters the home straight
    Flinders Street Station Design Competition enters the home straight The Victorian Coalition Government’s design competition to re-imagine Flinders Street Station has entered its final phase with the six shortlisted competitors submitting their final designs to be judged, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett announced today.
     
    “The six shortlisted entries from both Australia and around the world have spent the last three months developing detailed plans for the station and are now ready to face the jury,” Mr Hodgett said.
     
    “Later this month the jury will sit to decide the competition winner. Competitors will present their designs to the jury, who will then go into camera to make their final choice.
     
    “On Tuesday 23 July, everyone will get their chance to see the designs and have their say by voting in the People’s Choice Award.
     
    “Using a unique online system, voters will be encouraged to think about all aspects of each of the designs, and give a considered response in keeping with the holistic nature of the competition.
     
    “This is the culmination of over a year’s work for the competitors and I know people are as keen as I am to see the designs.
     
    “It is going to be an exciting and probably controversial month as people have their say and debate the merits of the various designs,” Mr Hodgett said.
     
    For more information and updates visit www.mpv.vic.gov.au, or follow MPV on Facebook or Twitter
  • 2013-06-27 - Flinders Street Station Design Competition approaches conclusion
    Flinders Street Station Design Competition approaches conclusion Berlin based architect Louisa Hutton will join the Flinders Street Station Design Competition jury for the second and final stage of the competition, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett announced today.

    “Ms Hutton will replace Dutch architect Caroline Bos who has stepped aside from the jury due to work commitments,” Mr Hodgett said.

    “I would like to thank Ms Bos for her involvement and welcome Ms Hutton on board as the jury’s international expert for Stage Two. I am sure Ms Hutton will be a great asset for the jury when they sit to consider the six shortlisted designs in mid-July.

    “Ms Hutton is a principal for the award-winning firm Sauerbruch Hutton, which has an international reputation for their work on historically sensitive projects. This should serve her well when judging the shortlisted design for Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station.

    “Sauerbruch Hutton came to international prominence in 1991 for their work on the GSW Headquarters building in Berlin, which, because of its proximity to Checkpoint Charlie, became a symbol of new optimism following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany.

    Stage Two of the competition closes on Thursday 4 July, before the Jury evaluation takes place between

    Monday 15 and Friday 19 July. The People’s Choice voting will commence on Tuesday 23 July when the shortlisted designs will be made available to the public.

    “The People’s Choice vote is the first of its kind and will be a fantastic opportunity for the people of Melbourne to share their views on the different designs for the iconic Flinders Street Station,” Mr Hodgett said.

    “Excitement is really building as the competition draws to a close and I am sure there will be great interest in Victoria, nationally and around the globe when the designs are revealed for the People’s Choice voting later next month.”
  • 2013-04-23 - Final stage of Flinders Street Station design competition to begin

    The second and final stage of the Flinders Street Station Design Competition will begin tomorrow, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett announced today.

    Speaking during a tour of the station’s historic administration building, Mr Hodgett said the second and final stage of the competition would see the six shortlisted competitors work up final detailed designs before submitting their vision for the Melbourne icon in July.

    “With a shortlist representing some of the best local and international architects, the anticipation and excitement about the competition is really building,” Mr Hodgett said.

    “I am also happy to announce details of the voting system for the People’s Choice Award which will be a unique opportunity for the public to be involved in the competition.

    “We want the People’s Choice Award to be more than just a beauty competition where people vote for what they think looks best based on artists’ impressions.

    “Instead, we will be providing people with the same material that the jury receives and asking them to rate various aspects of the designs using similar criteria.

    “The public will be encouraged to think about all aspects of the designs and give a considered response in keeping with the holistic nature of the competition.”

    Mr Hodgett said the public would assess each shortlisted entry using the following categories:
    - Overall design – the architectural, aesthetic and functional merit of the design
    - Transport function – does the design improve the way the station works and allow for future growth?
    - Heritage – how does the design work with the heritage features of the station?
    - Urban Design and Precinct Integration – how does the design enhance the station’s public areas, create new public spaces and improve its integration with its surrounds?

    Voters will also be asked to provide comments on the designs.

    “Although the Australian Institute of Architects design competition guidelines do not allow for the People’s Choice vote to be considered by the jury, the information we gather will inform future plans for the station, such as those for refining or developing the winning design,” Mr Hodgett said.

    “While it will be particularly promoted in Victoria through online voting and portable voting booths located in the precinct, the People’s Choice will be open internationally, allowing the many people overseas who are interested in the station and the competition to offer their feedback.

    “This unique system will provide us with some very useful and interesting data. For example, it will be interesting to see if Victorians prefer the same designs as international voters or what aspects of the design are seen as the most important to people.

    “This level of public engagement is the first of its kind. To have a People’s Choice vote in an architectural competition is only fitting giving the importance of Flinders Street Station.

    “We want everyone to have their say on the future of the station precinct,” Mr Hodgett said.

    The six finalists for the Flinders Street Station Design Competition, selected from 117 entries, are:

    Ashton Raggatt McDougall (Melbourne)
    John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw (Melbourne and UK)
    HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron (Melbourne and Switzerland)
    NH Architecture (Melbourne)
    Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina (Colombia via University of Melbourne) and,
    Zaha Hadid Architecture & BVN Architecture (UK and Melbourne) 
  • 2012-10-14 - Fantastic mix of national and international talent shortlisted for Flinders Street Station Design Competition

    The shortlisted architects for the Flinders Street Station Design Competition represent a fantastic mix of local and international talent, the Minister for Major Projects Dr Denis Napthine announced today.

    “This competition has always been about finding the best local and international talent to re-invigorate Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station precinct and looking at this shortlist I think we’ve managed to do that,” Dr Napthine said.

    The shortlisted designers are: (listed in order of registration)

    • 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 (Colombia via University of Melbourne)
    • Zaha Hadid Architecture & BVN Architecture (UK and Melbourne)
    “The short list covers some of the world’s best architects such as Hassell + Herzog & De Meuron and Zaha Hadid, renowned local firms Ashton Raggatt McDougall and NH Archtiecture and emerging talents Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina from Columbia.

    “Between them, this group is responsible for some of Melbourne and the world’s most renowned buildings including Hamer Hall, Beijing’s National Stadium used in the 2008 Olympics and Rome’s Museum of XXI Century Arts.

    “Judging from their previous work this is a very exciting group of architects and I am looking forward to finding out more about their visions for the Flinders Street Station precinct.

    “The shortlisted entrants now have six months to develop their ideas and attend various technical briefings and workshops before Stage 2 of the competition closes on 4 July 2013.

    “Following this, final designs will be put on public display for the people’s choice voting while the competition jury meets again to select a winner,” Dr Napthine said.

    Competition jury chair and Victorian State Government Architect Professor Geoffrey London said the jury was impressed by the immense amount of work undertaken by the 117 submitting teams.

    “Given the complexity and scale of the design challenge, the high overall quality of submissions made the jury’s task of short-listing a difficult one,” Professor London said.

    “However after carefully applying the competition evaluation criteria, the jury is confident that the six short-listed teams represent the strongest propositions for the redevelopment of this precinct, much-loved Melbourne icon and intensely used transport hub.

    “The jury looks forward, with great anticipation, to see how each of the six Stage 1 design concepts evolves over the months ahead,” Professor London said.

    Read more on the shortlisted designers

  • 2012-10-02 - 118 entries for Flinders Street Design Competition
    118 entries for Flinders Street Design Competition

    A total of 118 designs have been lodged for the Victorian Coalition Government’s Flinders Street Station International Design Competition with Stage 1 entries closing last Thursday. 

    Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine said the high number of entries was a great outcome and the Coalition Government was delighted with the response from Australian and international architects and designers. 

    “The Flinders Street Station precinct is home to a heritage icon as well as Melbourne’s busiest railway station. We are looking forward to seeing what kind of innovative ideas have been put forward for restoring the much loved administration building and addressing the surrounding precinct,” Dr Napthine said. 

    “In order to maintain the highest level of fairness throughout the deliberation process, all entries must be delivered anonymously to the competition jury. This means we are unable to reveal any further details regarding the entrants until a shortlist is announced in mid-October. 

    “However, preliminary statistics on the number of registrations prior to the opening of stage 1 indicate that the competition has a broad appeal both domestically and internationally. 

    “The number of registrations was tremendous with 128 from Australia and 45 from overseas. This is a fantastic result given the complexity of the project which requires skills in architecture, urban design, heritage, construction and transport engineering. 

    “With 173 registering their interest in the competition, to receive 118 final entries is a great result by architectural design competition standards and reflects a high level of commitment,” Dr Napthine said. 

    The majority of registrations have come from Victorian based architects who make up 82 per cent of the Australian contingent.  

    Of the international registrations, 20 per cent are from the United Kingdom, 13 per cent are from the United States with Italy being the next largest group at 11 per cent. A further 25 registrations came from a range of countries such as Austria, Canada, China, Germany and South Africa. 

    “With Stage 1 entries now closed we now move into a new and exciting phase of the process as the expert competition jury assesses the entries ahead of announcing a shortlist in mid-October,” Dr Napthine said. 

    Dr Napthine said the expert competition jury would evaluate submissions against criteria based on the competition objectives including:

    • returning the station to its former glory and re-using under-utilised areas;
    • restoring and protecting the station’s heritage;
    • improving the transport function of the station, catering for future growth;
    • creating a significant civic space while allowing for a distinctive and memorable architectural outcome with a mix of uses;
    • better integrating the station with its surrounding precincts; and
    • providing a value-for-money solution.

    “The jury will be looking for outstanding ideas that address the whole 4.7 hectare precinct including the administration building, the platform areas, the concourse and the rail yards to the west. 

    “While improving conditions for commuters is one priority, competitors have also been asked to focus on how address the needs of the entire precinct,” Dr Napthine said.