Tanderrum Bridge


Tanderrum Bridge

LocationMelbourne, VIC
ClientMajor Projects Victoria
ServicesLandscape Architecture
Site Area
Date2015 - 2016

The Tanderrum Bridge provides pedestrians and cyclists with direct access from Lower Terrace, Birrarung Marr over Batman Avenue and into Melbourne Park, significantly reducing the amount of time it takes to walk from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square into Melbourne Park. The bridge provides an enjoyable landscape arrival experience for people attending the Australian Open, and a new vantage point over Speakers’ Corner. The bridge improves access to and enhances the experience of Melbourne Park.

The design of the bridge was procured through a design competition, which resulted in the commissioning of John Wardle Architects, in collaboration with the Boston-based architectural practice NADAAA and OCULUS. Whilst designed to withstand the deadweight of thousands of pedestrians the bridge is elegantly embedded into the landscape, and wrapped in a lightweight weave of steel rods. The new bridge links the city with Melbourne Park and ushers thousands of fans to the Australian Open. It is the centrepiece of the State Government’s $338 million stage two redevelopment of Melbourne Park.

The name Tanderrum comes from a welcoming ceremony by the people of the Kulin nations, featuring song, dance and cultural exchange, and providing safe passage for visitors on country. A fitting name for a footbridge, which will welcome hundreds of thousands of fans to one of the world’s great sporting events, and many other sports and entertainment showstoppers throughout the year. Melbourne Park is home to more than 350 world-class events each year all major drivers for visitation.