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2016 National Landscape Architecture Awards: Award for Infrastructure

John Whitton Bridge Open Space by Oculus Infrastructure: Landscape Architecture Award Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Jury comment
The space beneath our cities’ infrastructure is often left over and misused, sometimes dangerous, but mostly forgotten. This modest project under existing pedestrian and rail bridges on the shores of the Parramatta River gives meaning and function to such spaces, rediscovering value for local communities and other users.

The project reconnects communities and spaces previously separated by road and rail. Now people stroll, cycle or run around the peninsula – the work is both a new destination and a link. The design fuses the infrastructure context with the natural opportunities of the foreshore park. Lighting, landscape elements and detailing encourage mixed uses over both day and night and contribute to improved quality of experience and definition of the space.

The John Whitton Bridge Open Space demonstrates how landscape architecture can contribute to the creation of a complex multi-use public domain that provides function, connectivity, amenity and social engagement. It shows how reprogramming everyday uses, along with careful design and implementation, can encourage social engagement and provide safe access. This approach is relevant to other ubiquitous urban spaces – boat ramps, paths, foreshore car parking and other leftover waterfront spaces – and serves as an exemplar for future work.


Landscape architect
Oculus Landscape Architecture & Urban Design
Civil engineer Taylor Thomson Whitting
Lighting design Arup
Structural engineer Cardno
Site details
Location Sydney,  NSW,  Australia
Site type Urban
Category Landscape / urban design
Type Bridges, Parks
Project Details
Status Built
Client City of Canada Bay
Website canadabay.nsw.gov.au



Published online: 27 Oct 2016
Words: National Landscape Architecture Awards Jury 2016
Images: Simon Patching


Landscape Architecture Australia, November 2016

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