Tanderrum Bridge wins at the American Architecture Awards 2018

The Pedestrian Bridge linking Birrarung Marr with the Melbourne Park precinct has received first place at the American Architecture Awards 2018 in ‘Bridges and Infrastructure'. The design by John Wardle Architects & NADAAA in collaboration with Oculus, creates a major new arrival experience for the public and guests of Melbourne Park precinct as they approach the iconic site of sporting, entertainment and events.

The key objectives of the project included creating access for pedestrians traveling to Melbourne Park, improving universal access and providing a safe route that would eliminate the need for patrons to cross Batman Avenue at street level.

As a result, the bridge serves as a major pedestrian entrance point during the Australian Open and prominent events across Margaret Court, Rod Laver and Hisense Arenas.

A ramping pathway through the parkland alongside the Yarra River, leads alignment with the unique surroundings and respects the established landscape and topography.

This makes an important connection between the historically known ‘Speakers Corner’ and the world-renowned National Tennis Centre. Both of these existing spaces are steeped in egalitarian and democratic values - one with a history of regular citizens speaking freely on any subject; the other where a player of any ranking can pick up a tennis racquet in one of the sport’s great precincts.