Victorian State Government

"This project elevates “the ordinary”, a freeway rest area and toilet block, to the iconic"
- BKK Architects
"The driver’s perception of built form at 100km/hour is very different to that of the pedestrian and therefore requires a different approach to built form and branding."
- BKK Architects
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Geelong Ring Road Rest Areas

Geelong Ring Road Rest Areas

Elevating the ordinary to the iconic

This project elevates “the ordinary”, a freeway rest area and toilet block, to the iconic. It departs from pre-conceived ideas of what this type of facility should look like and celebrates instead a sense of playfulness and difference. The new buildings provide a strong identity and sense of place to their site, providing a clear point of differentiation from the repetition of the road.

The rest areas engage with multiple viewpoints and experiences, from that of the car user passing at speed to the truck driver stopping to stretch his legs. The buildings’ glowing towers signal to the distant traffic a point in the landscape, akin to a lighthouse perched upon a peninsula of land.

For

Victorian State Government

Sector

Urban Design & Infrastructure

Status

Completed

Year

2013 – 2014

Location

Geelong Ring Road, Vic, Australia

Photographer

John Gollings

Awards

2014 AIA Victorian Architecture Awards, Architecture Award for Small Project Architecture