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Tanderrum Bridge

Melbourne, Australia, 2016

The new Tanderrum Pedestrian Bridge linking Birrarung Marr with the Melbourne Park sports precinct creates a major new arrival address for Melbourne Park. A ramping pathway through Birrarung Marr leads to the bridge proper and its alignment respects the established bridges and landscape topography of the park.

The project makes an important connection between the historic landscape of Speakers Corner and the outside tennis courts of Melbourne Park across Batman Avenue.  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.

The bridge design is slender, a flat steel girder structure that tapers at its edges to achieve the required span across Batman Avenue. The bridge undercroft follows the slope of the existing landscape thus eliminating low forming spaces and settles the bridge into the landscape. The lightweight filigree character of the steel structure provides the framework for a journey which branches into a connective path to Middle Terrace and provides views through toward the Yarra River, Birrarung Marr and the city.


Author: John Wardle Architects & NADAAA
Project Team: JWA (John Wardle, Stefan Mee, Mathew van Kooy, Adam Kolsrud, James Loder, Paul Bickell, Stuart Mann, Ruairi Molloy, Sharon Crabb) and NADAAA (Nader Tehrani, Arthur Chang, Parke MacDowell, Thomas Tait, Nick Safley)
Client/Owner: Major Projects Victoria
Location: Birrarung Marr and Melbourne & Olympic Park
Project duration: May 2014 – November 2016
Construction period: July 2015November 2016
Procurement: Two stage competition –  EOI / RFT, Novated Design
Bridge length:  390 m with single spans up to 44 m
Photographs: © Kristoffer Paulsen



COCO and MAXIMILIAN are a directing duo founded in 2012 in Melbourne and currently based in Milan. Coco Wertheim (Melbourne, 1991) and Maximilian Mein (Melbourne, 1991) met whilst studying Film and Television at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA). After receiving their bachelors, they founded COCO and MAXIMILIAN – a production company with a strong focus on design and architecture. In 2018 they were invited to collaborate alongside Natasha Johns-Messenger on John Wardle Architects’ entry to the Biennale Architecture, Somewhere Other. The two-video works will also be exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of Melbourne Design Week 2019.


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JWA John Wardle Architects

John Wardle Architects is an architecture practice founded by John Wardle and based in Melbourne since 1986. It has a reputation for producing exquisitely detailed work across all architectural scales. Narrative is employed as a device for navigating through the development of a design. Using personal and collective histories of our clients, memories associated with a site, landscape and built context as generators of a cohesive narrative. JWA has been celebrated in the publication of two monographs and participated in the 16th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2018, a companion book was published to compliment the installation Somewhere Other published by Uro Media
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NADAAA is a Boston-based architecture and urban design firm led by principal designer Nader Tehrani, in collaboration with partner Katherine Faulkner. NADAAA’s projects range in scale from furniture to architecture and urban design, with a focus on craft, construction, and digital fabrication. The firm has received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, and the Harleston Parker Award, among others, and its work has been exhibited at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and LA MoCA, and is part of the permanent exhibit at the Nasher and the CCA.

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