Currently the Great Ocean Road runs along the foreshore in Apollo Bay and is a congested road that serves vehicles, tourist buses and pedestrians. Redirecting the vehicle traffic onto Pascoe Road creates a new pedestrian promenade along the foreshore and create an opportunity for an urban space.

The Apollo Bay Interchange, located opposite an existing petrol station, will create a new gateway and arrival point into the heart of Apollo Bay. It will consist of a bus stop, seating and climbing area, information board, lookout and public amenities. The slim structure is designed to blend into the surrounds providing an urban space, public amenities and a new drop off point for tourist buses.

The Apollo Bay Interchange: A view from the bus

The Apollo Bay Interchange, located opposite an existing petrol station, will create a new gateway and arrival point into the heart of Apollo Bay. The design intends to provide an urban space and public amenities for all who live in and visit Apollo Bay and create a new drop off point for tourist buses along the Great Ocean Road.

The Great Ocean Road

Plan

A view from the car towards the beach

The slim and lightweight structure is designed to blend in, almost disappearing into its surrounding context of rolling hills and beach views.

A view of the stormwater garden

The building is designed to be self-sufficient with solar panels on the existing petrol station and three rain-chains leading to a storm-water garden and underground water tank. The garden also provides seating and a visual divider between the public amenities and the multi-purpose seating area.

A view of the multi-purpose seating area

The bus stop, seating and climbing area is designed to accommodate the large number of tourist buses Apollo Bay receives each year, while providing a north facing public area for locals to enjoy.
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