Wood/Marsh Pty Ltd Architecture

EASTERN FREEWAY EXTENSION STAGE 1

Melbourne, 1995

The concept for sound barriers to the Eastern Freeway is one continuous scheme made up of a series of interconnected arcs that, read in series, form a complete architectural sculpture. The height and location of these shapes are positioned in direct response to acoustic requirements, the roadway and proximity of adjacent buildings and landforms. The final contextual reading is with the landscape. The strength of this idea is threefold. Firstly, its impact is of one complete architectonic sculpture. Then, for vehicular traffic it forms a sensuous ribbon specific to this stretch of freeway. Finally the relationship of sculptural form and landscape provides a stimulating environment for passive activity away from and in contrast to the traffic. The walls move gently through, around, and in front of mounding and landscape, creating a harmonious visual experience.