Shortlisted as one the six finalists for the Flinders Street Station Design Competition, NH was excited to reimagine the cornerstone in Melbourne’s urban evolution, from its Victorian past to the contemporary global city of today, it holds symbolic resonance as the meeting point of Melbourne. Civic pride is represented in the Station’s great ‘postcard’ dome, arched portal and the famous clocks which connect Melbourne’s growing commuter network, to the daily life of the central city.
Historically and ideologically, the station has been tethered to Robert Hoddle’s original nineteenth-century city grid plan. However, over recent decades the station has begun to establish a new connection, with a network of public spaces and institutional buildings dotted along the Yarra River corridor. From cultural to sporting, transport to tourism, this connection between the city and the river binds its colonial past with a trajectory for the next century.