In 1899, Fawcett and Ashworth won the international architectural design competition for a new train station beside Princes Bridge on Flinders Street. This week, 114 years on, the six shortlisted designs in the international design competition to rejuvenate Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station were unveiled. The competition, which was launched in November 2011, initially attracted 118 submissions.

RBA worked closely with the shortlisted John Wardle Architects and Grimshaw team as well as Room 11 and SKM. RBA provided heritage design advice and guidance throughout the rigorous competition process with a view to respecting the historical, social and architectural values of the State listed heritage place. Key heritage initiatives included the restoration of long neglected spaces for public use including the ballroom, gymnasium and dome room. The result – the precinct has been reimagined and one of Melbourne’s most loved and historic buildings has been cast in the leading role in a new ‘Transport Theatre’.

Have your say, vote now!!
The public are being given the opportunity to give feedback on the six shortlisted designs through the People’s Choice Award. Voters are able to rate each of the designs in four categories: Overall Design Merit, Transport Function, Cultural Heritage and Iconic Status, Urban Design and Precinct Integration.

Voting closes 5 August 2013, and winners will be announced 8 August.

26 July 2013

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