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The highly anticipated shortlist for the Flinders Street Station Design Competition has been released. Announced late yesterday by Minister for Major Projects, Dr Denis Napthine, the shortlist features a mix of local and international talent.
The shortlisted designers are:
- Ashton Raggatt McDougall (Melbourne)
- John Wardle Architects + Grimshaw (Australia & UK)
- HASSELL + Herzog & de Meuron (Melbourne & Switzerland)
- NH Architecture (Melbourne)
- Eduardo Velasquez + Manuel Pineda + Santiago Medina (Columbia via University of Melbourne)
- Zaha Hadid Architecture + BVN Architecture (UK & Melbourne)
“This competition has always been about finding the best local and international talent to reinvigorate Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station precinct and looking at this shortlist I think we’ve managed to do that,” Dr Napthine said.
“The shortlist covers some of the world’s best architects … Between them, this group is responsible for some of Melbourne and the world’s most renowned buildings including Hamer Hall, Beijing’s National Stadium used in the 2008 Olympics and Rome’s Museum of XXI Century Arts.”
Those shortlisted now have six months to develop their ideas, and must attend various technical briefings and workshops before the second stage of the competition closes on 4 July 2013. The subsequent stage will see the final designs on public display for people’s choice voting while the competition jury meets to select a winner.
Victorian State Government Architect and competition jury chair Professor Geoffrey London said the jury was impressed by the immense amount of work undertaken by the 117 submitting teams.
“The jury is confident that the six shortlisted teams represent the strongest propositions for the redevelopment of this precinct, much-loved Melbourne icon and intensely used transport hub,” said London. “The jury look forward, with great anticipation, to see how each of the six Stage One design concepts evolves over the months ahead.”