The Yardmasters Building

The Yardmasters Building


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.

Southern Cross Rail Yards, Spencer Street, Melbourne

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


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