Location Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Services Sustainable design
Sector Industrial and Infrastructure
Architect McBride Charles Ryan
+61 (0)3 9635 3700
The four storey Yardmasters Building is a multi-use facility for the various workers and operations associated with the Southern Cross Rail Yard. It required extensive consultation with representatives of the diverse users, their respective union representatives, and management and associated authorities. The ultimate solution adopted a simple flexible shell with rational system of glazing integrated with the repeated external pattern allowed each room to have good and interesting views to outside.
Cundall in its role as sustainable design consultant aided the architect overcome the required and desired high performance façade within the highly complex issue of constructing within a rail environment. This was achieved by introducing the use of a ‘Thermomass’ exterior. ‘Thermomass’ consists of two layers of modified concrete with Styrofoam insulation sandwiched in between. The use of ‘Thermomass’ addressed a range of issues including:
In addition to meeting the inherent multi-functional requirements of its users the building provides a visual interest and delight to the rail experience that says that public infrastructure matters and, by extension, that the public matter. The building has also taken on its own colloquial names, being referred to as both the 'Southern Crustacean' as well as ‘Moody’ as it offers different visual interest with the ever changing Melbourne weather.
The Metcash Distribution Centre is a new flagship distribution centre that has achieved 4-Star Design and As Built Green Star rating. At the time of certification, the project was the largest Green Star industrial project to be certified, is the 1st to contain a refrigerated warehouse.
The major redevelopment of this regional airport included expansion of the existing building to accommodate increased capacity, arrival and departure terminals fit-out, a redesigned baggage system, cafeteria fit-out and alterations to parking facilities.
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