Tonkin Zulaikha Greer / Taylor Cullity Lethlean / Aurecon
Riverbank Bridge is a major new work of urban infrastructure developed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer architects in collaboration with engineers and urban designers Aurecon and landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean.
Project architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG) have a special interest in public spaces, public buildings and ‘edge’ architecture, and often provide buildings with roles and uses outside their traditional functions. Much of the work of the practice is based on public use, as either a dominant or secondary aspect of each project. For TZG, the civic nature of architecture is explored in buildings with a significant public use, or with a positive relationship to the public domain of the city.
Riverbank pedestrian bridge in Adelaide provides a new pedestrian connection between the city’s highly-visited Festival Centre, railway station and the recently redeveloped Adelaide Oval. The bridge arc has been designed to mirror the River Torrens, cantilevering out over the river to culminate in a dramatic artificial waterfall. Glass is integral to the design, cladding almost all of the external surfaces. The energetic curve of the bridge, sweeping through the Riverbank precinct, has a lightness despite its considerable structure, due to the use of the cladding to reflect both the surrounding water and greenery. This curvaceous glass bridge and surrounds successfully deliver a generous new urban space to Adelaide. The design embraces both site and context to create a resilient platform embedded with thoughtful consideration for culture, community and environment.