Southern Cross Station wins top international award
Melbourne’s own Southern Cross Station has won Britain’s highest international award at the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Awards in London last night.
Southern Cross Station was awarded the Lubetkin Prize for the most outstanding building outside the European Union.
Southern Cross Station was also awarded the RIBA International Award.
Minister for Public Transport, Lynne Kosky, congratulated Grimshaw Architects for designing such a unique transport hub that successfully links the CBD with the Docklands.
“Southern Cross Station is a new civic landmark for Melbourne and the Bracks Government is delighted that the ground breaking work has been officially recognised overseas,” Ms Kosky said.
The RIBA Awards have been running since 1966 and are given to buildings that have high architectural standards and make a substantial contribution to the local environment.
Over 500 projects across the world entered the 2007 RIBA Awards.
“This international acclaim is a result of many parties working together to lift Melbourne’s profile and improve the travelling experience for all Victorians,” Ms Kosky said.
“The facility incorporates all that is Melbourne – innovation, style and progress.
“You just have to take a look at Southern Cross Station to appreciate the complexity of the cutting edge design and construction of the building.
“This transport hub is one of the most challenging architectural feats Australia has ever seen and it is satisfying to see Victoria leading the nation in the development of world class projects.”
Ms Kosky said the Southern Cross Station project was enjoying growing international interest across architecture, construction and project delivery industries.
Southern Cross Station has also collected the Australian Construction Achievement Award 2007, three of the top awards at the Australian Steel Institute 2006 Vic/Tas Steel Awards: the Architectural Steel Design Award, the Steel Fabricators Award and the Steel Detailers Award, and the Victorian Industry Capability Network’s Industry Achievement Award.