spurs to a lookout point and rises over the highway creating many unique conditions that made standardization of the steel pipes a challenge. It was essential to break the filigree into zones of repeating elements to minimize fabrication time and cost. In the diagram, orange represents fully customized sections and the remaining colors represent sections of repeating units. Each section of filigree is composed of 5 different bend geometries which are mixed and matched to create the illusion of a random pattern. Each segment is integrated with the guard rail mounted to the edge of the bridge structure and wraps the underside. Shop mock-ups were critical to finalizing the minimum radius of the filigree pipe bends and the detail of attachment hardware.
Apart from its inherent program to enable pedestrian circulation and its stealth integration into the landscape, the recycled steel rods also are designed to be a trellis for the local flora of its surrounding park land.
Urban Context and Accessible/Universal Design
The key objectives of the pedestrian bridge included:
- Creation of a new entrance into Melbourne Park;
- Provision of strong legible link from the CDB to Melbourne Park;
- Improving access for pedestrians traveling from the CDB to Melbourne Park;
- Improving universal access and providing a safe route that eliminates the need for patrons to cross Batman Avenue at street level.
ClientMajor Projects Victoria
Gross Floor Area (mq)700
ArchitectsJohn Wardle Architects and NADAAA in collaboration
Design teamJWA: John Wardle, Stefan Mee, Mathew van Kooy, Adam Kolsrud, James Loder, Paul Bickell, Stuart Mann, Ruairi Molloy, Sharon Crabb; NADAAA: Nader Tehrani, Arthur Chang, Parke MacDowell, Thomas Tait.
Main ContractorFitzgerald Constructions Australia and Harris HMC
ConsultantsGHD, GOlders, McKenzie Group, Oculus, Electrolight, RBA, Buro North
Photo CreditsKristoffer Paulsen and Peter Bennetts
Curriculum studio / partecipanteNADAAA is a Boston and New York-based architecture and urban design firm led by principal designer Nader Tehrani, in collaboration with partners Katherine Faulkner and Daniel Gallagher. NADAAA is a platform for design investigation at a large scale and with a great geographic reach. NADAAA's projects range in scale from furniture to architecture and urban design, with a focus on craft, construction, and digital fabrication. NADAAA'S staff of twenty designers brings expertise from academia, graphic design, construction, and business. The firm has received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, the Harleston Parker Award, the Hobson Award, numerous AIA AWARDS, and 16 Progressive Architecture awards. Since 2013, NADAAA has been ranked among the Top 3 Design Firms in the U.S. in Architect Magazine's Top 50 Firms List.
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