Flinders Street Station
The design solution for the Flinders Street Station Competition is generated from an understanding of the contextual influences on the site, respect for the heritage significance of the existing building balanced with the need to resolve commercial and technical transportation issues for the long term viability of the precinct.
The new buildings sensitively respect the proportions, massing, heights and rhythmic form of the existing heritage building by creating a soft undulating structure embracing the rail lines and utilising the open space to the west. The larger element to the west containing the hotel adjacent Banana Alley acts as the harmonic balance marking the western tower in respect to the domed tower at the Flinders and Swanston Streets. The roof form and enclosing skin of the new buildings creates a fabric being delicately placed over the existing railway and open space to the west. The southern elevation creates an undulating response to the Yarra River allowing the heritage building expression above the new form.