The Yardmasters Building

The Yardmasters Building

Concept

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.

Completed
2009
Location
Southern Cross Rail Yards, Spencer Street, Melbourne

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Awards

Architizer A+ Jury Award 2013
Winner – Transportation – Bus & Train
Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Awards 2010
Winner – New Public Architecture
International Design Awards 2014
3rd Place – New Commercial Building

Publications

Architecture Australia , July 2010 Vol 99 No 4, online 1 Jul 2010
Australian Concrete Construction, Vol. 23, No. 3, June 2010
DesignBoom, 21 Feb 2011
Archdaily.com
Architizer