The Yardmasters Building is an operations facility located on an island site within the Southern Cross Rail Yard. In contrast to the typical pragmatics-driven design for service buildings, the Yardmasters Building confidently offers itself back to the city as an exquisite, mysterious box: a jewel in the junk-heap.
For the user, the building is robust and matter of fact. Planning contained within a flexible shell to cope with a complex stakeholders mix.
The beautifully- patterned prefabricated concrete facade integrates passive design technologies and seals the building against the harsh rail environment. Fabrication offsite enabled a higher level of quality control and rapid on-site construction.
This building demonstrates that public infrastructure matters and, by extension, that the public matter.