Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station has been a constant cornerstone in Melbourne’s urban evolution: from its Victorian past to the contemporary global city of today, it holds a symbolic resonance as the meeting point of Melbourne. This civic pride is represented in its 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 19th century city grid plan. Over recent decades however 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.

We propose the ‘New Station’ is generated from a combination of these conceptual diagrams with the ribbons of infrastructure being over laid with a new form of public networking.

Flinders Street Station and its wider precinct can become the host for a range of new civic spaces and places. A pedestrian bridge extending across the river from Hamer Hall and a major station entry at its western end suggests new urban linkages that further bind the precinct into Melbourne’s continuing evolution.

These city connections work in parallel with a rejuvenated station that retains its traditional pleinair quality. A glazed lattice roof floats above the station concourses, offering commuters weather protection and dappled daylight without interrupting the historical views of the original Station building or across the river to Melbourne’s Southbank precinct.

This scenic quality is further enhanced by a new pedestrian loop that connects an expanded eastern concourse with a new western concourse, allowing access to the heritage platforms from either endof the station: the challenges of an ever expanding transport network must be met.

At the centre of this precinct, a new public landmark: the Melbourne Room. This landmark venue compresses the genetic DNA of the city into a room able to accommodate the cultural spillover 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.

Part transport network, part cultural condenser and a new landmark for the Yarra River, the redevelopment of Flinders Street Station will become a partner to Federation Square as a new city focus and a next generation postcard for national and international visitors.