Frankston [Re]United: A new train station for Frankston

Iain Maxwell, Dave Pigram

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Frankston [Re]United is a creative architectural work submitted to an open international competition to design the new Frankston Train Station in Frankston, Victoria. The scheme was one of five schemes short-listed for further development before finally being awarded Runner—Up.

The project positions the new station design as a crucial catalytic step in the long term reclamation of the urban void caused by existing rail infrastructure that currently divides the city of Frankston into two. The scheme would have seen the city of Frankston transformed through the addition of a chain of new, diverse and positive public spaces and coherent pedestrian connections. An enhanced public domain celebrated by an iconic, efficient train station: a powerful symbol and primary driver of the city’s future ambitions and prosperity.

The station design demonstrates a class-leading Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) approach to the integration of sustainable design and construction practices. The project defines a robust, cost-effective and highly repeatable strategies to issues of environmental comfort (heating and cooling), thus setting a new industry benchmark for public transport projects. The station buildings feature 100% external sun shading that mitigate solar gain and afford degrees of publicness and privacy, an earth-tempered cooling duct and variable refrigerant flow (VRF) units to individual functional spaces. These are supported by rooftop photovoltaic and solar hot water arrays and rainwater collection and result in a largely self-sufficient station precinct design.

The highly expressive timber roof design reinforces key urban corridors and serves as a powerful demonstration of the possibility of a smart-manufacturing paradigm (Industry 4.0) and carbon-negative construction method in a post-coal Victorian context. The forms are made possible through the coupling of bespoke computational form-finding methodologies to advanced fabrication (CNC) processes. The realisation of feedback loops between design and making, or bi-directional file-to-factory protocols, has been previously published by the authors under the framework: Fabrication-aware-form-finding. The roof therefore demonstrates and extends the large body of research already undertaken by the authors. Critically, the method here developed, ensures the complex forms of the roof can be realised within a highly efficient - cost, time and labour - logistical chain.

The second stage of the project was developed with industry-based consulting engineers: Bollinger & Grohmann (structural) and Atelier 10 (environmental).
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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