“Crossing the Parramatta River, the project serves as a living bridge, one that curates a variety of programs to reinvigorate and connect the urban core with its suburban growth. The Parramatta crossing is the new icon while connecting the city, green space and river; acting as a model 21st century urban activator.”
Parramatta is the typical contemporary small-scale city. Its history, ecology, and position in the larger metropolitan context have shaped its specific urbanity. The city, and others like it, can be read as a trace of its growth and habits. This project confronts this condition of small-scale city growth by serving as an interface for the city’s Central Business District and surrounding ecology. Parramatta Crossing is a bridge connecting the city’s unique urban and ecological conditions. Crossing the Parramatta River, the project serves as a living bridge, one that curates a variety of programs to reinvigorate and connect the urban core with its suburban growth.
The city's significant flooding issues are addressed through the implementation of a rain water retention system and by transforming the site's landscape into a responsive flood basin. Its formal logic allows Parramatta Crossing to have a minimum footprint while both retaining maximum efficiency in flood prevention and generating a substantial presence in the skyline. Ultimately, Parramatta Crossing proposes a robust model for 21st century urban reactivation.
- Client: Municipality of Parramatta
- Location: Parramatta, Australia
- Project Area: 2.2 Ha
- Program: Masterplanning
- Status: Competition
- Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Effi Meridor, Thomas Batzenschlager, Steven Zambrano Cascante , Lee Ying Njoo