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Now that the ball is rolling on this, I think it deserves its own thread.


The shortlist for the Flinders Street Station Design Competition is publicly announced today.

Here are a few entries.

Perrett Ewert Leaf Architects


Architecture Studio C









Guillermo Aranda-Mena



I'll take option 2 please!
 

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i need to see more, nothing above is doing it for me...

the 3rd last one looks like a tarp!
 

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I'm pretty confident that none of the above will make it to the shortlist. It'll be interesting to see what/who gets up.
 

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Today's Age:

Ball may be over but there's life in the old girl yet

Date
October 14, 2012

John Bailey

IF PLACES have personalities, the ballroom hiding inside Flinders Street Station is surely Melbourne's Miss Havisham. For 30 years it's been gathering a robe of dust, clinging to the contours of a vanished era, slowly moving from memory to myth.

Great expectations aside, the ballroom isn't accepting visits from the public just yet, but a group of artists is working to bring the ballroom - and more - to us.

''It was remarkable,'' says Campbell Drake, of artist collective Contemporary Site Investigations. ''Even Metro was surprised that we got access. They're like: 'How did you get in here?'''


Flinders Street Station ballroom as it looks today. Photo: Greta Costello

The group's CSI acronym is no accident. Walking through the rooms the artists have spent the past month exploring feels like entering a crime scene, but instead of recovering the details of a death the team is tracking the lives the building has seen. Call it creative forensics.
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The ballroom abuts a host of forgotten rooms, including a gymnasium, billiards hall, mailroom and living quarters. In 1983 it was closed off. Ever since, there have been frequent calls for public access to be restored.

In 2007, a Committee for Melbourne report called for $10 million of restoration to the forbidden areas. Two years later Melbourne mayor Robert Doyle said the ballroom was ''not worth restoring … From its name you expect a grand ballroom, but it's more like a hall.''

But what a hall. On Friday a 90-minute piano recital by Elizabeth Drake and Caroline Almonte will be beamed from the crumbling room to Federation Square's main stage. During the weekend CSI artists will broadcast over the station's platform PA, on the digital billboard above Young & Jackson's and on the station's concourse.

Drake has enlisted the services of '50s paperboy Micheal Binney along with his grandson, to call a headline across the years. The paperboys will distribute the CSI's findings so far.

When artist James Carey arrived in the old mailroom, beneath the dusty dancefloor, it was full of junk. From the detritus he assembled walls of paperwork dating back to the '30s and '40s.

One storey up is the gym in which amateur fighters once honed their skills. Artist Robbie Rowlands was working in the gym when one of its original occupants visited, a wrestler named Harry who'd laced up boots here in the '30s. ''He was 95. He could pick it all, could tell us how it was all used. It was quite emotional, actually.''

Rowlands has recreated the boxing ring, though Harry gave him a scolding for his ropework. He's also transformed the remaining office furniture, using electric saws to craft intricate sculptures from drawers and cabinets.

Flinders Street Station's Elizabeth Street clock is the loudest of all of Melbourne's clockworks, and its pulse is the basis of Cameron Robbins' Metronomic. The mechanism sets the tempo for the improvised compositions he has created with veteran drummer Allan Browne. The bass drum Browne kicks is an ancient calf-skinned number, a remnant of an old railway band Robbins found in the building.

When Robbins scaled the hobbit-sized staircase to the clocktower he saw it as only a musician would: with his ears. ''I went up and heard the clockwork and thought 'That's an incredible metronome.' It's like a heart. Even in this dead part of the building the heart is still going.''

Drake says the extraordinary access his collective has been granted may be partly due to renewed interest resulting from the Victorian government's $1 million Flinders Street Station Design Competition.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/b...ld-girl-yet-20121013-27jxi.html#ixzz29DyhJL00
 

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Architecture Studio C's proposal: hello multi-billion dollar cost (double stacking train lines and putting them underground!).

I, too, want to see Deutsche Bahn ICE's running into FSS.
 

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I suppose the original plans for the station aren't even in consideration? (with some modern bits added here and there)
At least something Art Neuveou inspired to pay homage to it rather than a big clash for the sake of an architects ego.
Something like Gare De Oriente, but more Edwardian referenced
http://www.guiadacidade.pt/pt/poi-gare-do-oriente-estacao-16630


I'd say option 2 has some promise, but it looks like it's just an office building tacked on without any upgrades to the station itself. need to see what it's doing with the swanston st side more importantly.
 

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http://www.southernthunderer.com.au/2012/10/short-list-of-6-for-flinders-street-station-competition/


Short List Of 6 For Flinders Street Station Competition

Posted on 14 October 2012 . Tags: Flinders Street Station, Victoria
Short List Of 6 For Flinders Street Station Competition

Victoria Minister for Major Projects Dr Denis Napthine

Fantastic Mix Of Local And International Talent Shortlisted For Flinders St Station Design Competition

Victor P Taffa

The shortlisted architects for the Flinders Street Station Design Competition represent a fantastic mix of local and international talent, the Minister for Major Projects Dr Denis Napthine announced today.

“This competition has always been about finding the best local and international talent to reinvigorate Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station precinct and looking at this shortlist Ithink we’ve managed to do that.” Dr. Napthine said.

The shortlisted designers are: (listed in order of registration)

• Ashton Raggatt McDougall (Melbourne)

• John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw (Australia and UK)

• HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron (Melbourne and Switzerland)

• NH Architecture (Melbourne)

• Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina (Columbia via University of Melbourne)

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

“The short list covers some of the world’s best architects such as Hassell + Herzog & De Meuron and Zaha Hadid, renowned local firms Ashton Raggatt McDougall and NH Architecture and emerging talents Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina from Columbia.”

“Between them, this group is responsible for some of Melbourne and the world’s most renowned buildings including Hamer Hall, Beijing’s National Stadium used in the 2008 Olympics and Rome’s Museum of XXI Century Arts.”

“Judging from their previous work this is a very exciting group of architects and I am looking forward to finding out more about their visions for the Flinders Street Station precinct.”

“The shortlisted entrants now have six months to develop their ideas and attend various technical briefings and workshops before Stage 2 of the competition closes on 4 July 2013.”

“Following this, final designs will be put on public display for the people’s choice voting while the competition jury meets again to select a winner.” Dr. Napthine said.

Competition jury chair and Victorian State Government Architect Professor Geoffrey London said the jury was impressed by the immense amount of work undertaken by the 117 submitting teams.

“Given the complexity and scale of the design challenge, the high overall quality of submissions made the jury’s task of short-listing a difficult one.” Professor London said.

“However after carefully applying the competition evaluation criteria, the jury is confident that the six short-listed teams represent the strongest propositions for the redevelopment of this precinct, much-loved Melbourne icon and intensely used transport hub.”

“The jury looks forward, with great anticipation, to see how each of the six Stage 1 design concepts evolves over the months ahead.” Professor London said.
 

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Architecture Studio C's proposal: hello multi-billion dollar cost (double stacking train lines and putting them underground!).

I, too, want to see Deutsche Bahn ICE's running into FSS.
Thought the same thing when I saw the double stacked underground train lines.
 

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Ah, I hope Zaha Hadid has something incredible tucked away somewhere.

Was further researching the Guillermo Aranda-Mena proposal (apparently inspired by SXS-esque roof, amongst others) and some of the proposed extra's are just ludicrous.



:lol:

however, this is a cool schematic diagram of Flinders Street

 

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They also had a tram running through FSS, over the Yarra and into Southbank. Wacky stuff.
Looking forward especially to seeing the designs from:

• John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw (Australia and UK)

• HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron (Melbourne and Switzerland)

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

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I am betwixt and between whether I want the original theme or a modern interpretation to complete our Finders St Stn ?

Imagine if this had gone ahead ?

Or this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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They also had a tram running through FSS, over the Yarra and into Southbank. Wacky stuff.
Note the architecture Lab C design also includes this. I don't see why you think it's such a wacky idea. A tourist line that linked the casino with FSS/Elizabeth street would have huge patronage.
 

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Thanks Dimethyltryptamine. A completed Flinders St Station in all its Edwardian splendor would rival the best heritage train stations of the World imo. If only i had the money myself i'd build it as it was originaly planned.
This is truely and surely the only option that should've been considered.
How the Hell is this being overlooked ?
Oh thats right, this comp is just a friggen joke by a joke of a Premier having a joke on us.
IMHO those concepts are shit, double shiit for measure, a thick layer of crap on toast.

Its not hard to imagine that Zaha Hadid's vision will be jeez worthy though, but it will be just that, a vision.
Because there is no way possible that a genius that is Zaha Hadid will get the contract.
Melburnians are just not that sophisticated enough for her designs. Apparently its the suburban dream Melburnians yearn for, for it to dominate their lifestyle, surounds and their structures, or so ive been told by our new bastions of style, the so called celebrities.

And if i was to guess which design would win the million, my guess would be the design thats basically a blue tarp pulled over the over-head wires, i guess its to roll up when sunny and rolled out when rainy, just like a tennis court.
Major FLop.
 

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Note the architecture Lab C design also includes this. I don't see why you think it's such a wacky idea. A tourist line that linked the casino with FSS/Elizabeth street would have huge patronage.
I was talking about the Lab C design. It'd be a crazy waste of money, a blight and a white elephant. They've got it running right by the pedestrian bridge to Southgate and through past Eureka. A stupid, stupid idea.
 

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Agreed that the concepts above are crap. That's why they haven't made the shortlist. I think the panel will choose the best concept of those on the shortlist without political interference (naive you might say).
 

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Competition website
http://www.majorprojects.vic.gov.au/flinders-street-station-design-competition/home

Statements from shortlisted architects (biographies and samples of competitors designs in document)
http://www.majorprojects.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/481176/Competitor-biographies.pdf

Ashton Raggatt McDougall
The Flinders Street Station competition is a great opportunity for ARM Architecture to
engage with the public in a discussion about our city and Flinders Street Station. We
hope that by being a part of the conversation we can contribute to the process of
restoring Flinders Street to its rightful place as a public institution that supports the
vibrant life of Melbourne.
When Robert Hoddle drew the plan of Melbourne in 1837 he left a gap between his
grid and the river — nothing but blank paper! Not even Flinders Street was drawn,
just the blocks of the city, all of them for sale. Flinders Street is perched on the bank
of the river; it straddles the gap between the rational and the natural. To us it
suggests opportunities for spontaneity, for new and rediscovered spaces within the
old, for new perspectives of our city.
Flinders Street is where the city meets the river. We see it as not just a place to pass
through on your way to work but as a place that requires rediscovery of an ancient
hidden heritage and a potential future for this now exciting part of the city. We see a
future for Flinders Street as a destination in its own right, with its own character and
its own contribution as a catalyst for new ways of using the city.

John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw
The new Flinders Street Station responds precisely to the different conditions
surrounding it – riverbank, Federation Square, and the city. The historic fabric of the
station precinct is reinterpreted to meet the demands of the future. The riverbank is
re-imagined and its landscape considered anew. An extraordinary new public place is
created.

HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron
Our design concept proposes a contextual, respectful and dynamic response that
embodies the past and propels this key transport node into future. We propose an
identifiable and iconic public face that embodies the essence of Flinders Street
Station into a civic station of true national and international quality and identity. The
heritage building becomes an active and central component within a busy public and
civic setting. The connection to Federation Square and surrounds can become a
unified public entity - in the tradition of grand European transit exchanges. Our
design improves all aspects of the station transport hub and adjacent transport
modes to cater for significant growth in patronage. We create public amenity of the
highest order and celebrate the architectural and urban qualities of the city with a
distinguished and innovative design that enlivens and enriches the surrounding urban
realm.
Our experienced local and international team is thrilled to be shortlisted for the
Flinders Street Station project. We have a long and established working relationship
and know and understand the exciting opportunities the project presents for the
people of Melbourne and for all those who use and visit the station and its precinct.

NH Architecture
NH Architecture recognizes the symbolic, cultural and social importance that Flinders Street Station plays in the civic life of Melbourne. NH Architecture has a deep understanding of central Melbourne and the Yarra River corridor having designed a
number of prominent city landmarks, such as the flagship Myer department store in the Bourke Street Mall, the 6 star Green-Star Melbourne Convention Centre and the new Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park. We propose the “New Station” is generated from a combination of two concepts - ribbons of infrastructure over laid with a new form of public networking. Flinders Street Station can become the host for a new civic place, the Melbourne Room: a space that compresses the genetic DNA of the city into a room able to accommodate the cultural spill-over from Federation Square, the Artistic visions of the Victorian Arts Centre, the sporting icon of the Brownlow Medal presentation or the wild and dangerous world of Circus Oz.

Eduardo Velásquez + Manuel Alejandro Pineda + Santiago Medina
‘A Courtyard Within a Station’ - Our aim for this project was to generate a new open, urban space for the city of Melbourne. A courtyard within the station precinct forms the basis of the design concept. This space seeks to activate the Northbank of the Yarra River and to improve the station’s connection to Federation Square, whilst
becoming the new, green public centre of the city; its chief purpose, to reinvigorate a
place that has lost much of its vitality in the last number of years. This is a placemaking
project, where sustainably, conservation and connectivity combine to create
a new civic focal point within the city. It is an honour to be shortlisted and we are excited about the opportunity to pursue
our vision over the coming months during the second stage of the competition. This
is a project that has the potential to make a tangible impact on the city and to
transform the relationship between the urban, public and private space associated
with the station and its environs. It is our hope that we can restore the status of
Flinders Street Station as a landmark in Melbourne once again.

Zaha Hadid Limited & BVN Architecture
The redevelopment of Flinders Street Station presents a unique opportunity to
redefine the identity of a dynamic and growing city. Melbourne is a city rich in cultural
capital with the energy and optimism necessary to embrace change and achieve the
complex ambitions presented by such a landmark project.
We see the key challenge of the architectural scheme to create a well-organized
transport interchange that can simultaneously reinvigorate the historic Flinders Street
Station and project a bold architectural vision capable of unlocking the potential of
the surrounding precincts, a catalyst to further urban design and development in
Melbourne.
Our design approach will be geared towards the articulation of movement,
accessibility and integration of the station with its surroundings. Heritage elements of
Flinders Station will be sensitively combined with a dynamic mix of new civic spaces
helping enhance Melbourne’s position as one of the world’s most creative and
liveable cities.
 

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^^ seems we have to wait till after July 13th 2013 to see what they've come up with...
 
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