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Southern Cross Station is the 2007 winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) prestigious Lubetkin Prize

Published on 2007-07-26. Author : SpecialChem

Southern Cross Station, Australia is the 2007 winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) prestigious Lubetkin Prize.The prize is awarded to the most outstanding work of architecture outside the UK and the European Union by an RIBA member.

Jotun Australia supplied the Protective Coatings for this project.

The prize is named after the world-renowed architect Berthold Lubertkin (1901-1990). Lubertkin's daughter Sasha presented winners Grimshaw (working within the Grimshaw Jackson Joint Venture) with a unique cast concrete plaque, based loosely on her father's design for the Penguin Pool at London Zoo, commissioned by the RIBA and designed and made by the artist Petr Weigl.

Speaking about the building, the Lubetkin Prize judges said: The station is simply a big roof over a complex piece of transport infrastructure, but really its vocation is as a civic structure. It is a point of entry to the city and, critically, it makes a space connecting the new and the old parts of the town.The roof itself makes much of building physics. It is possible to describe the project in terms of structural forces, prevailing winds and ventilation of diesel fumes. These enviornmental and structural issues are solved with great skill and they provide a fairly convincing narrative to justify the cheerful, wavy roof form. Its real significance lies in the fact that it makes a good space beneath and an extraordinary undulating landscape above.

Source: Jotun

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