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1575 Seafarer's Bridge

South Wharf, Docklands VIC

Year Completed // 2008
Client // Plenary Group
Architect // Grimshaw Partners
Project Value // AU$12M
Location // 30 Lorimer Street, South Wharf VIC

Seafarers Bridge, forming part of the Melbourne Convention Centre development, was designed to connect the northern and southern banks of the Yarra River, linking Docklands to the newly developed South Wharf precinct.

In keeping with the rich maritime history of the South Wharf site, inspiration for the design of the bridge was drawn from the sail support structure of ancient Chinese junk vessels, with this inspiration being demonstrated in the steel compression arches positioned at both ends of the bridge.

The use of clear glass balustrades minimises the visual impact of the bridge upon the river, and enhances the streamlined, minimal design. Whilst the bridge is primarily utilised by pedestrians and cyclists, the center carriageway, at 4.6m in width, is wide enough to permit vehicular access.

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