Urban Design Public Art

Urban design

The iconic nature of the Gateway WA project demanded a visionary approach in order to create a lasting impression for road users, residents and visitors to Western Australia.

The project provided an opportunity to form a ‘Gateway’ to the city that expresses the dynamic, creative and rapidly evolving character of Western Australia.

The project used innovative and integrated urban design concepts to create a themed journey that include coloured way-finding cues to Perth landmarks of the ‘city, river and range’. The urban design aims to aid road journey navigation and make a positive and lasting impression for visitors.

The urban design features a “Ribbons through the landscape” theme, which draws from the natural Perth landscape setting and represents the earth, sky and vegetation. The urban design incorporated functional elements including noise walls, retaining walls bridges and abutments, highway lighting and landscaping.

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There are a number of public art pieces of varying themes that were commissioned for installation across the project.

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Project facts


of Principal Shared Path and local connections for cyclists and pedestrians