Geelong Ring Road
The design of the Geelong Ring Road draws upon contextual references from the landscape and regional character. The horizontal datum of the planar fields, and the oxidised basalt boulders, have provided the fundamental vocabulary for the project. We have adopted a taut, metal fence for the sound barrier walls, clad predominantly in corten steel. This finish, when oxidised, gives reference to both basalt and the rich soil of the region.
Typically the walls run in straight lines with subtle changes in direction to give a crisp finish to the sound barrier in contrast to the geometry of the road. Further highlights have been added through the use of brightly coloured acrylic elements, which form the natural punctuation marks that exist throughout the region. Across the various sections of the road, subtle changes are introduced to give a sense of place without compromising the sense of a continuous journey.