Built in 1910, following an international design competition, Flinders Street Station in Melbourne has long been recognised as one of Australia’s most important heritage sites and enjoys great public affection.

As Melbourne’s main railway station, it is used by more than 150,000 passengers a day. The number of passengers is expected to double in the next decade and a new underground metro rail line is planned for central Melbourne; integration with surrounding city precincts is also a priority.

In November 2011, the Victorian Government launched a $1 million international design competition to rejuvenate and restore the station. The best ideas were invited from around the world to re-energise the station and its surrounds, while maintaining its heritage features.

A jury of leading architects lead by Victorian Government architect Professor Geoffrey London judged the first stage of the competition, with 118 entries, in October last year. A shortlist of six architectural firms was chosen:

  • 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 (Colombia via University of Melbourne)
  • Zaha Hadid Architecture & BVN Architecture (UK and Melbourne)

Stage two of the competition began on 23 April 2013 and closed on 4 July 2013. The jury evaluation has now closed, and the People’s Choice Award voting has started. Voting closes on 5 August 2013. The Jury and People’s Choice Award winners are announced three days late, on 8 August.

The People’s Choice Award is the your chance to have a say on the six shortlisted designs. Using a unique online system, voters will be encouraged to think about all aspects of the designs and give a considered response in keeping with the holistic nature of the competition.

Click here to have your vote.

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