Southern Cross Station as viewed from above

Before last week I’d never seen this view of Southern Cross Station. It looks quite unworldly. CL was giving me a quick tour of Media House — as he commented, it looks like something from Dune.

Southern Cross Station from above

What you can’t see from the photos (not even zoomed-in) is that some sections closest to the edge, and between the lumpy bits, are actually inflatable plastic. Presumably it’s some essential part of the design.

Southern Cross Station from above

Here’s a more conventional angle. Anubis and Chrome are still in residence.

Southern Cross Station main entrance

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9 thoughts on “Southern Cross Station as viewed from above”

  1. 1
    Paul says:

    I think that the wave roof on the Shanghai Railway station is simpler and better than the Southern Cross roof:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e8/Shanghai_Railway_Station_A_train_comes_out.jpg/220px-Shanghai_Railway_Station_A_train_comes_out.jpg

  2. 2
    Katie says:

    What a fascinating perspective on the building! Thanks for sharing the shots. :)

  3. 3
    Paul (different one) says:

    Yes, but why is the bit over platforms 13-16 a boring old flat roof. It looks like an add-on but was built at the same time as the rest

  4. 4
    Jenn Brigole says:

    Amazing how your photos do look similar with that in Dune. You actually took the time to take these. :) Thank you for sharing.

  5. 5
    Andrew says:

    The flat roof over platforms 13 to 16 was intended to be the bottom of a multistory office block. The developer got cold feet over the cost overruns of the construction, and the slow office market at the time, and substituted a quick and cheap podium. One day they will probably construct an office block.

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    Daniel says:

    In fact apparently Media House almost ended up being built over 13-16. I assume at some stage something else will pop up there.

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    Julian Wearne says:

    Such a lovely eye pleasing rooftop. It also has those really nice structural support beams that just look perfect for hiding some piping.

    Such a pity then that the largest rooftop in the CBD (by a long shot) has absolutely no water catchment facilities at all. Especially considering it was built in the middle of a drought.

  8. 8
    Daniel says:

    @Julian, that wasn’t the case initially, but they retrofitted water catchment.

    http://www.transport.vic.gov.au/doi/internet/transport.nsf/AllDocs/51A6FE0B0EA5C80BCA2571F800066647?OpenDocument

    “Southern Cross Station has been harvesting water for reuse since early 2009. Collected water is now being reused within the station for a range of cleaning and operational purposes.”

  9. 9
    Julian Wearne says:

    @Daniel – I stand corrected. I didn’t hear anything about this, just about the uproar about it not harvesting it in the first place.

    I wonder how much they manage to catch and whether it covers the entire roof.

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