Location: Sydney, NSW
Date Completed: 1999
Photography: Patrick Bingham Hall
This complex project re-connects the Central Business District of the City with the eastern flanks of Darling Harbour. The pedestrian link and bridge have responded to the chaotic built environment that surrounds it and address the need for a clear pattern of pedestrian movement and connection.
Conceived of as a singular, horizontal element, this bridge was carefully aligned to take advantage of existing vistas both into the city and towards the Harbour.
It was decided that a covered structure with a verandah-like rhythmic, urban scale would be a more appropriate response compared to the atypical exo-skeletal steel suspension structures that pervade the precinct.
This strategy provided a finger of the citys morphology and order penetrating out into the late-modernist urban environment of Darling Harbour, where object buildings sit in isolation within a diffuse field of open space.
The use of zinc cladding in this project presaged its later ubiquity in Sydney, and together with the recycled hardwood floor platform provides a warm, tactile and protected feel for users as they traverse the motorway below.