Victorian State Government

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

Geelong Ring Road Rest Areas

Elevating the ordinary to the iconic

This project elevates 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 instead is playful and different. The buildings bring a strong identity and sense of place to their site, providing a clear break from the repetition of the road.

The rest areas engage with multiple viewpoints and experiences, from the car user passing at speed to the truck driver stopping to stretch their legs. The buildings’ glowing towers signal a point in the landscape to the distant traffic, a bit like a lighthouse perched on a peninsula.

For

Victorian State Government

Sector

Urban Design & Infrastructure

Status

Completed

Year

2013 – 2014

Location

Geelong Ring Road, Victoria, Australia

Country

Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation

Photographer

John Gollings

Awards

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