The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the most (if not the most) iconic landmarks in Australia.
But did you know it could’ve looked vastly different?
In 1900, the government organised a competition for the design and construction of the Harbour Bridge. Over 70 designs were received, but all of them were rejected.
It wasn’t until 1924 that Dorman Long drafted the winning design in a new competition, and construction could finally start. The Bridge was officially unveiled in 1932.
These are six designs for the Harbour Bridge that didn’t make the cut, dug up and rendered by Budget Direct.
Norman Selfe’s design
This design was submitted in 1902, and was initially accepted by the New South Wales authorities.
An economic slowdown resulted in a change of government, and the new government then rejected the whole project.
Dorman Long & Co designs
Long, who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge as we know it today, actually submitted a number of designs.
Budget Direct said this design by the company was considered by judges to be “simple and elegant, but aesthetically too severe for its setting”.
F. Ernest Stowe’s design
This three-way design was only narrowly rejected by the government.
P.E Henderson’s design
This was one of the earliest known plans for the Harbour Bridge.
David B. Steinman & Holton D. Robinson’s design
Two American architects created this design for the bridge, but were told “the bridge would not have a pleasing outline”.
McClintic Marshall Products Company’s design
An American steel company that was involved in the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge submitted this design, but the judges said it didn’t “harmonise with its surroundings”.