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Herzog & de Meuron win international design competition in Melbourne, Australia

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 8 August 2013 – The Government of the Australian State of Victoria has announced HASSEL + Herzog & de Meuron as the winner of the international two stage Flinders Street Station Competition in the city of Melbourne. Based on the recommendation of an international selection jury, the team was selected ahead of six other short-listed architecture firms. Flinders Street Station with its historic main entrance building - an important Victorian landmark - is the hub of Melbourne’s fixed rail network. Besides the revitalization of the existing heritage building, the proposal of HASSEL + Herzog & de Meuron features a new vaulted iconic roof structure including new concourses and extended platforms. It transforms the site in a new civic precinct with a museum for Oceanic and Contemporary Art, a public plaza with amphitheater and a marketplace. Flinders Street Station is Herzog & de Meuron’s first development for a train station.

“We are excited that our first project in Australia will be a truly public building with such a rich history and inspiring context.” says Jacques Herzog.

“Our proposal for the Flinders Street Station underscores the civic nature of a train station by complementing it with cultural and public functions rather than purely commercial activities.” says Ascan Mergenthaler.

“The articulated filigree vaulted roof-scape is a respectful yet dynamic interpretation and contextual response to the history, function and location of this very special place in the heart of Melbourne.” says Ascan Mergenthaler.