The new Rail Operations Centre for Sydney Trains was designed by Jacobs in association with Smart Design Studio.

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio
© Ross Honeysett

ArchitectJacobs - Smart Design Studio
Location: Sydney, Australia
Year: 2019
Area: 12,000 sqm
Photography: Martin Siegner, Ross Honeysett, Veronique Jenkins

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio
© Martin Siegner

From the architect: The concept for the building was borne from a very specific brief, which called for a vast top-lit, solid-walled control room atop several floors of open commercial workspace. This presented an opportunity to create a unique building that positively contributed to the new urban fabric of the Green Square city centre, expressing its function as a piece of railway infrastructure.

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio
© Martin Siegner

The entire form has been enclosed within a massive masonry wall for structural support and security. To moderate the building’s mass and to create connections with the surrounding streets, there are large arched openings in the north and east facades spanning forty metres and forty five metres respectively. These work as substantial beams supporting the heavy brick walls above, and allowing glazed openings at the base.

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio
© Ross Honeysett

An expansive control room was required to centralise all the critical operations teams. The largest screen in the Southern Hemisphere has been incorporated, enabling the controllers to monitor the network. The high ceiling is punctuated by integrated skylights that perform like a luminous canopy directing natural light over the flexible working environment.

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio
© Veronique Jenkins

The building is clad in locally made red brick that’s redolent of the dominant colour of local warehouses, Sydney’s historical buildings and Australia’s red earth. The commonplace nature of brickwork and its familiar texture have been used as a counterpoint to the extraordinary scale of the architectural gestures that will define this building’s identity.

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio
© Veronique Jenkins

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio
© Ross Honeysett

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ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio

ROC: Rail Operations Centre by Jacobs and Smart Design Studio

The new Rail Operations Centre for Sydney Trains was designed by Jacobs in association with Smart Design Studio

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