The path itself is insitu concrete with an acid-etched finish that creates a textural contrast to the walls.
A ‘crumpled’ ochre-coloured vertical steel wall on the inner side of the pathway, directly under the overpass bridge, adds yet another textural dimension to the project.
The vehicle overpass was also part of the design brief. It is constructed from post-tensioned, off-form concrete. The bridge parapet is, in fact, the main structural beam, with the distinctive edge formed up by steel V-shaped forms.
“The raw, off-form concrete surface is a nice contrast to the bright ochre of the steel and the polished surface of the precast panels below,” Andrew says.
In true Canberra fashion, the Bowen Place pedestrian and cyclist crossing also complements and showcases one of the city’s most distinctive pieces of architecture – the Carillion, which is in direct line of sight from each end of the pathway.
It’s a fitting vista from a project that, in its own distinctive way, adds to the unique architectural palette of our national capital.