Bourke Street Bridge

Victoria

This commission involved providing the basic urban infrastructure for the new development in Melbourne of 220 hectares of land around the river and Docklands, including vehicular, tram and pedestrian links from the existing western edge of the city, urban design features, road networks and public open space. The pedestrian bridge is on axis with Bourke Street and located by two red glass towers with large staircases from the pavement and a wall of stainless steel through which a ramp connects disabled access. Lining the bridge are red steel antlers that provide lighting and primary support to a stainless steel weather canopy. The western end of the bridge unfolds into a huge part-ellipse that spans a new highway and cranks the pedestrian route off-axis and towards Docklands Stadium. The separation of form is accentuated by a pattern referencing Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio. Also completed for this project were the Charles Grimes Bridge, Collins Street extension and the Latrobe Street Bridge. Wood Marsh also undertook extensive consultation with the Docklands Authority on the public realm and master planning.

Bourke Street Bridge

A complex transition point is transformed into a bold urban landmark