- Article by Online Editor
- Photography by Florian Groehn
- Architect ASPECT Studios
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ASPECT Studios design for this elevated boardwalk is in response to Waverley Councils brief which was to create a unique public experience along the east facing cliff tops, whilst retaining unobstructed access outside the edge of the heritage cemetery for the 700,000+ visitors who use the walk annually.
This 515m long walkway is part of the nationally significant 9km coastal walk from South Head to Maroubra. The walk is in equal parts a ribbon of movement though the sublime eastern clifftop landscape and a place to stop and embrace the heightened experience of this unique cultural, environmental and heritage landscape asset.
The project resolves complex geo-technical, structural and heritage conditions and retains the significant clifftop heath community on the hanging swamps along the exposed sandstone platforms. As a direct result, the materials of the boardwalk change from timber to a gridded fiberglass, allowing light and water through to existing vegetation. The material changes register the various conditions underfoot. The walk has been designed with a high degree of sensitivity to the natural context and ameliorates any visual impact of the walk from the cemetery and surrounding vantage points.