The architecture firm designed an elevated 515m boardwalk in response to Waverley Council’s brief to create a unique public experience along Sydney’s east facing cliff tops. The Bondi to Bronte coast Walk Extension spans one of the most sublime parts of the environmentally sensitive 9km coastal walk from South head to Maroubra, and retains unobstructed access along the cliff tops for the 700,000+ visitors who use the walk annually.
The client and communities expectations were that the coast walk should harmonise both with the natural coastal vegetation and the significant historic and cultural landscape of the Waverley Cemetry. Timber has been used as the key material in the project for both its construction and aesthetic suitability. Hardwood timber meets the durability requirements and the desired aesthetic quality to blend seamlessly with the landscape particularly as it will age beautifully. Due to it’s warmth and tactility it has been used on elements which encourage contact with people : decks, handrails and custom designed seats.
Five lookout points with bespoke furniture were designed to create opportunities to enjoy the spectacular views along the sandstone coast. The architectural finish of timber decking was used to inform the design of the lookouts. The timber substructure of posts, bearings, joists and decking enabled the ease of construction for a site with access challenges.
Recycled Australian hardwood was used to create custom made benches at the lookout points. These benches comprised of decking profile battens which provide generous space for a rest stop to enjoy the panorama. Timber was used for these seats to compliment the surrounding materiality and geometry of the lookouts.
The architects, Waverley council and coast walk users are delighted with the project outcome. The result is a harmonious application of timber construction which is central to the boardwalk’s identity.