Client : The Office of the Victorian Goverment Architect ( OVGA)
This design competition seeks an exciting vision for the development of Frankston Station, located in Melbourne to revitalise the station precinct, improve the amenity for all who use the station, and create a new 'gateway' for Frankston. The Victorian Government is investing $63 million in the Frankston Station Precinct Redevelopment to deliver a safer, more modern place of business and activity and grow investment towards the long term-vision of a revitalised Frankston city centre.
Functionally, Frankston is a gateway to the Mornington Peninsula and the Frankston Station project would provide the opportunity for a visionary redefinition of the city.The design proposes a bold entry statement, that symbolizes a destination as well as the beginning of an adventure, the Peninsula Gateway will act as a catalyst for the rejuvenation and activation of Frankston that is both functional and cost effective.
Architecturally, the station draws inspiration from the physically active nature of maritime activities as well as the relaxation on the sand. The main idea was to merge these characteristics into an iconic landmark that would function as a transportation hub that connects the commercial enclaves adjacent to the city center as well as the education and sports precincts.
The Peninsula Gateway features a dynamic wavelike roof form as a signature element to provide shelter and visual scale to the station. Underneath this iconic structure, a pedestrian link allows for a seamless connection between what was once a barrier between the Chisholm TAFE Center and the city. Besides that, the upgrading of the underpass to an audio-visual display and performance area would invite a more exciting experience.