Red stairs amphitheater creates a sense of enclosure to the urban space, effectively resulting in a modern piazza at the confluence of Southbank, the Casino, Freshwater Place and the heritage-listed Sandridge Bridge which leads to Flinders Station across the Yarra River.
The stair also serves as a beacon or easy-to-find meeting place, an outdoor amphitheatre for buskers and small gatherings, and for sitting in the sun. On any given day hundreds of people descend upon the stair for a casual chat, a quick bite to eat with co-workers, or for their recommended intake of vitamin D.
The high back wall cuts the wind, hides a roadway leading to the tunnel underneath and also book-ends Queensbridge Square.
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