Date of competition entry: 2013
Flinders Street Station is a historic and architectural landmark that is located at the heart of Melbourne’s cultural district and, thus, has a lot of untapped potential to become a key feature in fostering the spirit of creativity and unity and integrating these values into its programmatic core.
The design proposal for the renovation of the station highlights and connects the previously disjointed contextual fabric within and around Flinders Street Station and promotes a diverse program – both planned and spontaneous - along its newly-activated connections. The proposal promotes the notion that Flinders Street Station is not simply a train station, but a cohesive social net, connecting the vibrant past, the promising present and the bright, diverse future of the station.
The proposal focuses on the aspects of the station’s programmatic relevance to the greater urban context, historic sensibility, importance of views, accessibility, untapped potential, existing connections and green bio-diversity. The design, at once, emphasizes the station’s need for immediate connectivity to the key destinations around it and its necessity to establish itself as a destination point with its own gravitas.