Curbed.com isfeaturing the winning design for a proposed railway hub in the Australian city of Melbourne. One of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, the train station has become an eyesore. The Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron beat out many of the leading architects in the world to be able to redesign Flinders Street Train Hub.
The Melbourne rail terminal was the first on the continent and the most highly trafficked in the world in the late 1920s, but has since fallen into a regrettable state of disrepair. The Herzog & de Meuron plan calls for restoring the historic terminal building and the addition of translucent archways to shelter the trains and platforms. An outdoor concert venue, overlooking the Yarra River, is integrated into the rear of the structure. None of this, of course, is yet built, and the Victorian Government could take up to two years to determine whether to move forward on the plan, but Herzog & de Meuron took home the $500K prize yesterday.