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The Tanderrum Bridge is a civic instrument, revealing the city’s history, orienting to civic markers, stitching together errant landscapes and connecting public space.

It has several roles – as a gateway to the city to pass under, as an integral part of the Birrarung Marr landscape, and as one of the civic experiences of Melbourne that leads to the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

The alignment of the bridge acknowledges the already established trajectories within Birrarung Marr that demand a straight axis along a sight line to St Paul’s Cathedral. However, the bridge introduces a specific deviation to note and pay homage to the historic Speakers’ Corner. In so doing, it follows the slope of an existing landscape berm before springing back toward Batman Avenue as it nears the peak. This creates a dress circle to the park, a new and unexpected vantage point.

  • Project Team JWA, NADAAA and Oculus
  • Client Major Projects Victoria
  • Location Melbourne, Victoria
  • Distance from JWA 1.7km
  • Procurement International Design Competition
  • Project Duration 2014 – 2016
  • Floor Levels 2
  • Footprint 5,950 sqm
  • Selected Awards
  • Melbourne Prize - RAIA Victoria Architecture Awards 2017

A belvedere noses into the branching elm trees of Speakers’ Corner to provide a moment’s pause and a pulpit that could equally be for a spectator or a speaker depending upon the circumstances.

The filigree of fine steel tubing that wraps the bridge’s edges and underside is reminiscent of steel trussed railway structures and the bare black branches of the park’s elm trees in winter - industrial and colonial landscapes.  The fine steel circular sections create a voluminous belly below the bridge deck and draw a veil partially over its structure. Visually, the bridge solidifies when viewed obliquely as the tubing overlaps, and becomes more diaphanous when viewed frontally. This shift makes the bridge alternately distinct from and merging with its landscape.



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