Adelaide Riverbank Pedestrian Bridge


South Australian Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure


Adelaide, South Australia



Project Description

In collaboration with engineers and urban designers Aurecon and landscape architects Taylor Cullity Lethlean, TZG won the competition for this significant public infrastructure in 2012.

The project is the first part of the implementation of the Riverbank Masterplan, a strategic approach to connecting and enlivening the city’s arc of waterfront parkland. The 8m wide bridge will link the redeveloped Adelaide Oval to the city, spanning nearly 75m over the River Torrens through the nationally heritage-listed Adelaide Parklands. Using the new bridge, pedestrians can access the Festival Centre, Adelaide Railway Station and new Convention Centre.

The elegant curve of the bridge sweeps lightly through this iconic setting, complementing the adjoining structures and having minimal impact on the green spaces. It has been designed with maximum lightness and simplicity, its faceted profile, clad in white glass, reflecting the water and greenery, supported on dramatically-angled V columns.

The project’s vision was to create not only the bridge, but also a series of new ‘people spaces’ on the waterfront, each with its own character and amenity.

To the south, expanded facilities for the Festival Centre include a new restaurant and offices, outdoor relaxation and event spaces, and a new civic-scaled stairway to the riverfront. This generous stepped outdoor space includes a major water cascade and significant planting.

To the north, the curve of the bridge encloses a new informal amphitheatre as well as a plaza linking to the Oval’s redeveloped forecourt. The termination of the bridge is a dramatic Belvedere, hovering above the river, where a new water wall will aerate and cleanse the lake.

Watch time-lapse video of the bridge under construction here.


Peter Tonkin, Jeremy Hughes, Grant Sandler