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:

  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.

  6. 6
    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.

  7. 7
    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.

    “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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