zaha hadid's flinders st. station features sweeping strata
zaha hadid's flinders st. station features sweeping strata zaha hadid's flinders st. station features sweeping strata
jul 25, 2013

zaha hadid's flinders st. station features sweeping strata

zaha hadid’s flinders st. station features sweeping strata
all images courtesy of zaha hadid architects




zaha hadid along with brisbane-based practice donovan hill have proposed a dramatic folding roof for the flinders street station design competition. the bold linear form covers the concourse, letting natural ventilation and light to penetrate through, as it weaves in and out across the site. the scheme respects the existing heritage station by reviving its inherent properties. key view shafts to the historic structure still remain visible – the proposal is a logical progression for future use. more than just a train station, the design focuses around a multi-mode transport hub and attractive city destination, creating a distinguished mark on melbourne’s skyline. the urban design integration to the city’s hoddle grid and connection with southbank, is achieved through new pedestrian links and a reconfiguration of the surrounding street transport networks. both the building’s form and complex circulation paths reinforce the perception of movement across the mixed-use center.



site view



street view



sweeping bands of glazing and crisp white volumes characterize the proposal



continuing the melbourne city fabric of streets and lanes, a variety of urban habitats permeate the site -from the intimate to the grand. adaptive re-use of the administration building is achieved with vertical circulation routes up to the concourse, connecting the old with the new. reopened for public usage the derelict ballroom space and large vacant dome will be transformed into an event space and fine dining destination. a new development, at the currently desolate western end of the site, includes a large commercial space, a 210 boutique hotel room and key retail spaces. the deserted milk dock and banana alley vaults are transformed into an active hotel lobby with bars, restaurants and cafes, open for public access, which helps to filter pedestrians through the site. major ESD principles are incorporated into the scheme, while the river’s edge the promenade is simplified, with new places to pause and a dedicated cycle lane. a strong interface with the yarra river is created by major public spaces, including the piazza, which is located above the train lines. an amphitheater and river square adjacent to princes bridge open the complex to the city of melbourne, and further enhance the form’s fluid sense of motion.




the heritage station is visible thorough the curved beams



interiors propose fluidity in circulation


the station would create a distinctive composition of lines in space



night view of the folded roof

  • Great design is my drug of choice. It inspires and energizes me and places me where I am by comparison. It is a religion to me because I see the A-Priori manifested through we pathetic humans that just barely are worthy of this planet and its life support radiated to us by the star that we spiral at over 560,000 miles an hour. The collaboration and cooperation of groups like the Zaha Hadid ensemble shine bright and great light into our ignorance and validate the hope and faith I have that the Love in which we are immersed and take so much for granted will overcome all of our defiling moves.

    Jude Le Blanc says:
  • “the scheme respects the existing heritage station by reviving its inherent properties. key view shafts to the historic structure still remain visible”

    I’m sorry but how does this station respect the existing heritage station? As an architect, you could design anything you desire but let’s stop the b s that this structure has anything to do with the heritage station. Just by providing views of the old station, you are not respecting it. Its a good sales pitch…but pure b s.

    Ken says:
  • As beautiful as Zaha Hadid’s proposal is, I can’t help but feel like her design completely ignores the original station. It feels disconnected and even in the big sweeping renders you can see that the original facade takes a backseat in this design. The original building has such a rich history and is a great symbol of Melbourne. Not to mention that the scale of this design seems to be way off.

    R S 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
489,353 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample