herzog & de meuron flinders street station wins competition
herzog & de meuron flinders street station wins competition herzog & de meuron flinders street station wins competition
aug 08, 2013

herzog & de meuron flinders street station wins competition

herzog & de meuron flinders street station wins competition
image © herzog & de meuron
all images courtesy of flinders street station design competition



herzog & de meuron flinders street station propose wins competition.
the swiss firm herzog & de meuron
will collaborate with australian architects at HASSELL as well as london-based heritage consultants purcell to help complete the GBP historic building’s redevelopment.



‘we are excited that our first project in australia will be a truly public building with such a rich history and inspiring context.’ says herzog & de meuron. ‘the proposal underscores the civic nature of a train station by complementing it with cultural and public functions rather than purely commercial activities.’



flinders street station redevelopment competition proposal by HASSELL + herzog & de meuron
video courtesy of HASSELLstudio



flinders street station international design competition announcement
video courtesy of HASSELLstudio



herzog and de meuron in conjunction with HASSELL have proposed a vaulted network for the AUD $1 million flinders street station design competition. the gestalt of the architecture is the repetition of lattice-like vaults that fracture light over the reorganized interior concourse. the brief called for the preservation of the historical station building; a requirement met by the introduction of dynamic and considered circulation throughout the site. the existing interior spaces, which are mostly closed from public usage, will be re-opened, through the incorporation of various cafes, bars, retail and services. the strong architectural identity of the historic building remains intact with the interior ballroom, gymnasium, and adjacent rooms of the administration building re-appropriated for melbourne festivals. the scheme’s grand civic gesture is a large plaza and amphitheater opening the station to the river’s edge – providing seating, performance and event life. the pedestrian entrances along this facade also help to break the linearity of the site. the new proposal gives the city of melbourne a place-making cultural facility with a world class gallery for oceanic and contemporary art. the banana alley vaults – originally conceived as a market storage space for local produce – reconnect the western and southern end to the main station plaza, with key pedestrian transit routes. see the full shortlist of the flinders street station design competition, which includes proposals by zaha hadid and grimshaw architects, on designboom here.



aerial view of the station showing the surrounding city context
image © herzog & de meuron



the vaulted roof network is is a repeated and open form that follows the diverging tracks below
image © herzog & de meuron



the grand civic gesture of the proposal is a large open plaza and amphitheater
image © herzog & de meuron



the lattice-like vaults fracture light over the reorganized interior concourse
image © herzog & de meuron



the station is a main transport hub for melbourne city
image © herzog & de meuron



the new proposal respects the existing heritage building and re-opens it for public usage
image © herzog & de meuron



a new world class gallery for oceanic and contemporary art is located above the historic banana alley vaults
image © herzog & de meuron



a western market links the station, retail and heritage building directly to the main plaza
image © herzog & de meuron



the western entrance is a main point for commuters to circulate into the station
image © herzog & de meuron



view from federation square showing the entrance to the eastern concourse
image © herzog & de meuron



the flexible plaza space connects the site directly with the yarra river
image © herzog & de meuron



view of the existing banana alley vaults and new oceanic art gallery above
image © herzog & de meuron



the centrally located station respects the linearity of the site as a strong marker between the CBD and the yarra river
image © herzog & de meuron



the primary spaces in the existing administration building will be brought back into public use
image © herzog & de meuron



  • very elegant (to be expected from H&DeM) and oddly contextual (not so expected)

    dbkii says:
  • hope they win! the vaults how they work constructively and how they are dissolve are really nice!

    michael says:
  • hope they win! the vaults how they work constructively and how they are dissolved are really nice!

    michael says:
  • The details are very complex. After bird droppings and marked trash it will not be the same like at the renderings…

    undercover says:
  • marvellously cohesive without over -whelming the current historic building .

    wendy says:
  • dbkii-

    I would say most, if not all, of HdM’s work is contextual. In my opinion context is one of the main drivers of their work.

    Peter says:
  • Very attractive, would be a lovely space to be in. But not every day is so sunny? give a bit of rain and dirt on the building after 10 years and its not so perfect

    Simon says:
  • Great selection! elegant and respectful. Rather than drawing attention, it adds to the city.

    Neriofrio says:
  • Why white… It rains too often in Melbourne and if you add all the debris from all the trains coming through the station everyday all day long, it will turn into a hot mess rather quickly.

    Besides, Melbourne should really consider maintaining what little history they have and architecture is probably most of it.

    Tomer A. says:
  • Am I weird for preferring victorian steel and glass Train stations, that with a little care still look fascinating after 150 years, over white modern concrete architecture that looks used and washed and dirty after some few years? It is architecturally interesting but for me it has no real character that lasts for years. its only something emotionless that looks nice at the moment but it is not sustainable architecture.
    I think they could have chosen a better design out of the pool of their interns and workers designs.

    SilScher says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
493,010 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample