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http://abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/06/23/1959848.htm

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Melbourne's Southern Cross Station has won an international award for architecture.

The station, with its unique wave pattern roof, won the Royal Institute of British Architects' Lubetkin Prize for most outstanding building outside the European Union.

The station was officially named Southern Cross Station late in 2005.

Formerly known as Spencer Street Station, the site has undergone a $700 million redevelopment in recent years.

The design was the work of Grimshaw (working within the Grimshaw Jackson Joint Venture).

The project was shortlisted for the prize earlier this month, and was competing against Des Moines Public Library and New York's Hearst Tower in the United States.

The prize is named after the world-renowned architect Berthold Lubetkin, whose daughter Sasha presented the award to Grimshaw at the London Hilton last night.

Speaking about the building, the Lubetkin Prize judges said:

"The station is simply a big roof over a complex piece of transport infrastructure, but really its vocation is as a civic structure.

"It is a point of entry to the city and, critically, it makes a space connecting the new and the old parts of the town."
 

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Everyone I know (not on this forum however!) complained and still complains about the look of SXS. I absolutely LOVE IT! A very well deserved prize!
 

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How could you complain??? It is the best modern station in Australia by a mile!! Absoloutely world class.
 

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I wish they didn't cost cut on this - ie. dodgy bitumen for platforms and keeping old signal gantries.

But there are a few unfinished things that could be completed to make a hell of a difference to the station's internal looks. Firstly they should paint the platform edges - the spray-painted scrawlings, remnants of the construction work, look shithouse. They should also remove the messy orange high-vis tape from the overhead.

But the number one thing that must be done is internal lighting. We have this magnificent, interesting roof, however at night it's just black. Some well placed spotlighting would work absolute wonders here.
 

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But the number one thing that must be done is internal lighting. We have this magnificent, interesting roof, however at night it's just black. Some well placed spotlighting would work absolute wonders here.
Agreed! A National Emergency!
 

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I wish they didn't cost cut on this - ie. dodgy bitumen for platforms and keeping old signal gantries.

But there are a few unfinished things that could be completed to make a hell of a difference to the station's internal looks. Firstly they should paint the platform edges - the spray-painted scrawlings, remnants of the construction work, look shithouse. They should also remove the messy orange high-vis tape from the overhead.

But the number one thing that must be done is internal lighting. We have this magnificent, interesting roof, however at night it's just black. Some well placed spotlighting would work absolute wonders here.
Thats to only thing I dont like about SC the internal area is so dull for such a fantastic modern building. We can only hope that these minor blemishes are corrected in time.
 

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Yeah it deserves praise. I for one love it.
 

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any photos of completed structure? i saw it last year when i went to melbourne for the weekend, and it looked quite impressive even half finished.
 

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Its late..I'm tired but here are some pics I saved ..so I hope whoever took the originals are pleased to see them again flying high after the award!!!I took the last one but really it was of my grandson looking over the concourse!

By redbaron_012, shot with DSC-W1. at 2007-06-24
 

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I absolutely love that station. The roof is so cool and modern. If I arrived in Melbourne on a monday morning on the way to work walking through that station would definately cheer me up.
 

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http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/southern-cross-is-first-class/2007/06/23/1182019436611.html

From The Sunday Age

Southern Cross wins prestigious architecture award
Stephen Cauchi
June 24, 2007

LOVE it or hate, its distinctive wavy roof has become a Melbourne landmark. And now Southern Cross Station has been judged the best new building in … well, most of the world, by an esteemed panel of enraptured British architects.

Waxing lyrical, the Royal Institute of British Architects has awarded the station its prestigious Lubetkin Prize, which it bestows on the most outstanding new building located outside of the European Union.

The $700 million station is a "powerful conflation of old and new, people and trains, structure and light", according to the institute. It beat 500 entries, including two lauded American offerings, Iowa's Des Moines public library and New York's Hearst Tower, to the prize.

The old Spencer Street station, a much derided 1962 specimen, was "a loose straggle of unprepossessing platform canopies and shacks". By contrast, the way the new station, designed by international firm Grimshaw Architects, dispels fumes from trains "provides a fairly convincing narrative to justify the cheerful, wavy roof form".

Grimshaw's design architect, Keith Brewis, speaking from London, described the award as "great news … they are highly respected internationally".

Mr Brewis said the project, which he began designing in October 2001 — and which was plagued by months of delays and a cost overrun of $200 million — was a challenge.

"The great moment — and also the most terrifying moment — was when the first bits of the major steel structure were lifted into place. They were done right in the middle of the night when the rest of Melbourne was asleep, and they had to fit… there was a great feeling of exhilaration that followed a great feeling of anxiety," he told The Sunday Age.The gruelling work paid off, according to RIBA president Jack Pringle, who recounted the judges' first visit to the station: "The local Aussie rules team was playing in the nearby Telstra Stadium. (The platform lights) cast lovely rivers of light that seemed to direct the Saturday crowds. It was a moment of inhabitation that appeared both robust and delicate," he said.

And that's not all. The wavy roof, which is only ever partly seen, added drama to the design, indicating that it was "a fragment of a much bigger thing … an expansive new space at this threshold in the city".

But to be fair, RIBA's views are shared by many local architects, including Melbourne architectural commentator Dimity Reed, who describes the station as "exquisite … a place of such beauty that (people) want to return each day".

Royal Australian Institute of Architects president Alec Tzannes called the award "sensational recognition" of an "absolutely outstanding, remarkable" building.

And you thought it was just a train station.
 

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I worked on that station :)
 

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I would love to see that station in the flesh.

Can someone point it out on a map of Melbourne so I can get my bearings of where it is.
 

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I would love to see that station in the flesh.

Can someone point it out on a map of Melbourne so I can get my bearings of where it is.
You can see it pretty well ^^^^ there, along with just how big it is. It functions as the Eastern CBD station (along with Flagstaff) as part of the City Loop, plus the departure point for long distance services.

I think it's a cool building, but the best designed outside the EU?? It's just a wavy cover over some platforms... maybe they liked the simplicity?

Sure is a behemoth though, very impressive in sheer size!
 
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