About the competition


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.

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

Please click here to access the Jury Report.

People’s Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award provided the public with an opportunity to give feedback on the six shortlisted designs, with voting open from Tuesday 23 July to Monday 5 August 2013.

Community engagement was an important part of the competition, with the public encouraged to think about all aspects of the design concepts and the vision for the precinct.

Voting received huge international attention, with almost 19,000 votes received from more than 150 countries worldwide.

This feedback will help inform any future redevelopment of the station, providing a strong understanding about what is treasured most about the station and its surrounds.

Please click here to access the People’s Choice Award Report.

Six shortlisted designs

In October 2012, after receiving 118 submissions, six finalists were selected.

  • 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)
  • Zaha Hadid Architecture & BVN Architecture (UK and Melbourne)

The Jury

In July 2013, a jury of eminent architects and other experts, will decide the overall competition winner.

This jury, led by Victorian Government Architect Professor Geoffrey London, was put together to judge the competition in accordance with the Australian Institute of Architects’guidelines.

  • Flinders Street Station Site Plan
  • Flinders Street Station Signage
  • Flinders Street Station Tunnels

Voting Criteria

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.

Read the full criteria

  • Overall Design Merit

    • 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!
  • Transport Function

    • 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.
  • Cultural Heritage
    & Iconic Status

    • 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!
  • Urban Design &
    Precinct Integration

    • 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.