Eastlink Freeway

Eastlink Freeway by Wood / Marsh Architecture won the National Commendation for Urban Design at the AIA's 2010 National Architecture Awards.

The urban design manoeuvres of the 45 kilometre Eastlink Freeway sit adjacent, perpendicular and transversal to the smooth stretch of visually arresting new roadway that cuts through Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Eastlink is provocatively urban in the way it creates architectural opportunities from the transport function of the ubiquitous bitumen road surface.

In this composition the roadway is just one element in a suite of carefully conceived and composed urban furniture – bollards, barriers, walls, screens, bridges, tunnels, crossings and art. These set pieces sit within a spatially diverse landscape that includes new parks, wetlands and tracks for walking and bicycling.

In commending this project, the jury set aside broader concerns about oil-dependent private transport to reflect on how much better the project is because an architect was part of the project team. The contribution architecture makes to the outcome is significant and a reminder that even the most prosaic aspects of the built environment can delight.


Design architect
Roger Wood, Wood/Marsh Architecture
Design architect
Randal Marsh, Wood/Marsh Architecture
Project Team
Gary Windiate, Charles Inglis, Rachel Hannan, David Dennis, Thom McKenzie, Helen Cheng
Wood/Marsh Architecture
Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Acoustic consultant Bassett Acoustics
Builder and construction manager Theiss John Holland
Electrical and mechanical consultant United Group Rail
Landscape consultant Tract Consultants
Structural consultants Hyder Consulting, Aurecon
Site Details
Location Melbourne,  Vic,  Australia
Site type Suburban
Category Landscape / urban
Project Details
Status Built
Website http://www.eastlink.com.au/page.aspx?cid=4


Awarded Project

Published online: 1 Jul 2011
Words: National Architecture Awards Jury 2010
Images: Courtesy of ConnectEast and Heaven Pictures.


Architecture Australia, November 2010

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