I am cross with our State Government, more so than usual. They invited architects to submit plans to revamp Flinders Street Station. It has a fine edifice and it hard to find a time when no on is taking a snap of its façade. Inside it is a mish mash of old and new but as Melbourne's major public transport train station, I think it works well enough.
The submitted plans are laughable. They are all so futuristic and take over much land that is not part of the station. God knows what the brief was, but the plans are all absurd.
The general public can vote for which they like, however the government has already chosen one of the plans and is talking about a ten year time line. I read into that, it is not going to happen, but I think the $1,000,000 prize money to the winning entry will be paid out, plus another $600,000 for whatever. What a shocking waste of money. If you don't like any of the plans, don't vote.
One of the very nice aspects of the station is from the south as you come over Princes Bridge, or from Southbank. Most of the proposals seem to obscure the view. I was going to write more about it, but no need to reinvent the wheel when Daniel has done a fine enough job here with photos.
Later edit: Marcus tells you why voting is so pointless.