Southern Cross Station

  • Date
  • 2005
  • Location
  • Australia, Melbourne
  • Size
  • 6,500 m²
  • Sector
  • Transport
  • Structure
  • Steel
  • Application
  • Roof Lights
  • Architect
  • Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners , Daryl Jackson Architecture


Formerly known as Spencer Street Station, the new Southern Cross Railway Station in Melbourne immediately became an icon in a city already noted for its architecture.


The distinctive undulating roof serves as both a practical and an emotive solution. Any smoke exhausted from the various train types that frequent the station is channelled to the roof high points, where it can be transferred outside the building envelope. At the same time, the shape of the roof reminds us of steam engines and the trail of smoke that they leave behind.


The large size of the Texlon® ETFE inflated panels meant that the amount of costly secondary framing, as required for a glazed solution, could be eliminated. In addition, Vector Foiltec’s innovative installation methods, used for the first time in Australia, allowed construction to occur over the top of public access platforms, without the need for traditional style hoardings, barricades or even traffic management personnel.



Main Image: © John Gollings