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 sought 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 provided the public with an opportunity to give feedback on the six shortlisted designs via a voting system on this website during a two week period from Tuesday 23 July to Monday 5 August. Feedback from the People’s Choice Award voting will help inform any future Government decision making and planning for redeveloping the station.
On Thursday 8 August, the Competition Winner and the People’s Choice Award were announced by the Premier of Victoria, Dr Denis Napthine and the Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett.
Competition Winner: HASSELL + Herzog & De Meuron.
People's Choice Award: Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina.
The People’s Choice Award voting system encouraged people to think about all aspects of the six shortlisted designs.
Voters were asked to rate all six designs across the four criteria outlined below.
- How does it look and feel?
- Located at the heart of the CBD, Flinders Street Station is a landmark Melbourne site.
- The design should use creative thinking to breathe new life into this iconic building!
- Will it improve transport?
- Flinders Street is the busiest railway station in Victoria, with over 150,000 people using it on a daily basis.
- The design needs to make it easy for the whole community to use the station.
- Does it respect the history of this iconic building?
- Built in 1910, the station has long been recognised as one of Australia’s most important heritage sites.
- The design needs to retain and restore the important historical elements of the building we all love!
- How does it connect with surrounding areas?
- The station needs to connect with its neighbours, including the CBD, the Yarra River, Federation Square, Southbank, and the western end of the site.
- The design needs to improve the way Melbourne fits together.