The Batman Avenue Bridge competition sought to create a new pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Batman Avenue, as part of stage two developments to the Melbourne Park Sporting precinct. Our response to the brief was to design a bridge to be a beacon for all visitors creating a unique identity for a major pedestrian connector. The proposal focused on including those who experience the bridge and its connections in the real world, and the burgeoning numbers of national and international visitors to Melbourne who experience our city virtually through television, online media and branding.
We created a bridge that is not only connected to Melbourne Park, but intrinsically linked to its environment, blurring the lines between structure and habitat, engineering and ecology. A deep understanding of Melbourne flora, along with materials and textures found across the state, allowed for a design that is engaging and reflective with both its surroundings and its visitors.
The Tanderrum bridge beckoned the 21st century’s future of structures through the intelligent use of sustainable materials, touching the earth lightly and the integration of transdiciplinary design creating a newly planted ground floating across the road.
The structural system proposed for the bridge seeks to touch the ground as lightly as possible and respond sympathetically to the surroundings embedding itself within the landscape.
The structural system is relatively simple in many ways, formed from a series of steel beams with infills between creating a deck, which is governed by a series of complex sweeping curves and a changing structural grid.
The distillation of the form into a series of simple to understand elements of primary structural beams and secondary deck achieved the constantly evolving appearance without unnecessarily complex design problems.