Bowen Place Crossing


National Capital Authority
Canberra, ACT
Lahz Nimmo Architects

Spackman Mossop Michaels, in association with Lahz Nimmo Architects, was awarded the commission for Bowen Place Crossing after winning a national design competition. Located within Canberra’s Parliamentary Triangle, between the National Gallery of Australia and Kings Avenue bridge, the project replaces a dangerous at-grade crossing on busy Bowen Drive with a pedestrian and cyclist underpass. In doing so, it completes the much-needed final link in the ‘Bridge to Bridge’ loop, a popular recreational trail around Lake Burley Griffin.

Bowen Place Crossing demonstrates how a landscape architectural approach to infrastructure can produce a functional and poetic built outcome – an infrastructure that connects people physically from the Kings Avenue Bridge to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, while at the same time providing an experiential connection to the nationally significant cultural and heritage values of the place.

Since its completion in late 2015, Bowen Place Crossing has received uniformly positive responses from the client, media, and most importantly, the public.

“The simplicity of the design belies the complexity of successfully meeting the challenges of transforming the functional into the splendid…Bowen Place Crossing sets an exemplary standard in the design of infrastructure in Australia”

AILA National Infrastructure Award of Excellence 2016 citation.


  • 2017 IFLA Asia-Pac Landscape Architecture (LA) Awards for Excellence
  • 2016 AILA National Award of Excellence for infrastructure design
  • 2016 AILA ACT Award of Excellence for infrastructure design
  • 2016 AIA National Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design
  • 2016 AIA ACT Canberra Medallion
  • 2016 AIA ACT Sir John Overall Award for Urban Design
  • 2016 Australia Award for Urban Design for the delivered outcome - small scale
  • 2016 Planning Institute of Australia ACT Great Place Award
  • 2016 WAN international Transport Award shortlist

Photography Credits

Brett Boardman

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