Six high-profile firms shortlisted for Melbourne metro redesign

Herzog & de Meuron, Zaha Hadid and Grimshaw are among the shortlisted architects in a competition to overhaul Melbourne’s iconic nineteenth-century railway station at Flinders Street.

The $1 million redesign will see the modernisation of Melbourne’s busiest station and its surrounding spaces, as well as the restoration of the building’s period features.

Herzog & de Meuron has teamed up with Australian firm Hassell to propose a new barrel-vaulted roof for the station, while Zaha Hadid Architects is working with BVN Architecture on designs for a towering extension with a new boutique hotel.

UK firm Grimshaw and Australian studio John Wardle Architects have presented plans to re-orientate the station, creating a network of bridges, underpasses, vaults and green space.

The other two shortlisted companies are local firm NH Architecture and ARM Architecture. Each of the proposals retains part of the station’s historic facade. Completed in 1909, over 50 years after the station opened, its prominent dome and clock tower have become one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

The final decision will be made by a panel of architects and experts, and will be announced on 8 August.