WERRIBEE SNAKE BRIDGE

WERRIBEE, VIC

A commissioned concept developed for a high profile pedestrian bridge connecting the existing Wyndham retail centre and activity hub with Wyndham Park as part of an urban design upgrade for this area. This bridge forms a key role in a larger masterplan proposed for the city. The existing site conditions across the river dictated a design approach that protected significant existing river red gums between both sides of the river. The result a visually striking, sinuous and cutting-edge structural design form. A double curve path with the bridge twisting over the Werribee river has given its adopted name of the “Snake Bridge” by both the Council and its residents. The main structure of the bridge “flows” with each change of direction as it curves, giving the observer the impression that the bridge is moving through its surroundings. As the bridge sits high in the park across the river and its flood plain, the design focus for the underside was a major consideration in the final design. Colour also played a significant a role as the high contrast orange of the bridge sits comfortably with the mixed greens of the tree canopy, while allowing the bridge to be a strong visual link from the park back to the urban hub.

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