Eastlink Freeway

Victoria

Eastlink is a 45km freeway linking the existing Eastern Freeway to Frankston. Part of a larger consortium headed by Thiess-John Holland, Wood Marsh was responsible for the generation of design concepts, documentation, detailing, and inspection of site works, for the entire architectural aesthetic of the project. 

Conceptually, the aim was to create a large-scale sculptural object that extended over the entire project to make the journey an engaging experience. Primarily this was achieved through the manipulation and design of the noise walls. The topography, geology and flora of the region informed the palette of materials, textures and colours, which were applied as the basic vocabulary of the design. The linear noise walls are taut ribbons of fractured concrete that move graphically though the landscape. Both elements oscillate to and from the carriageway in plan creating space and landscape potential. In certain locations the charcoal noise walls are topped with acrylic panels in shades of green, and orange acrylic is used on bridge structures as a vibrant flash of colour, like highlights in the native vegetation. The additional 'furniture' on the project, such as the tolling gantries, signage, tunnel portals and bridge structures, draw directly from the master palette.

As with all public projects of this nature, the motorway’s impact on its environment was a major concern. Controlling noise pollution was one of the key strategies employed and by addressing this a major design feature of the freeway was created. The project has also been designed for 100 per cent capture and treatment of road surface water run-off throughout the 45km corridor. Consequently about 60 new constructed wetlands and water retention basins were created. 

The integration of public art along the freeway, comprising four large-scale artworks and 10 smaller works, enriches Melbourne’s cultural fabric.

  • Architectural & Design Excellence in the South East Awards - Eastlink
  • Australian Institute of Architects - Eastlink
  • Premier’s Design Awards, Victoria - Eastlink
  • Australian Institute of Architects, Victoria - Eastlink
  • Architectural & Design Excellence in the South East Awards - Eastlink
  • Architectural & Design Excellence in the South East Awards - Eastlink

Eastlink Freeway

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