North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand | Completed 2008
The design of the bridge evolved through a series of formal experiments focused on the inherent properties of glue-laminated timber beams. These experiments led to the creation of unique rib components, each carefully crafted with varying lengths. When these rib components are grouped together in a specific order, they give rise to the undulating and sinuous form of the bridge.
This dynamic form serves multiple purposes. On one hand, it effectively conceals the concrete base of the bridge, creating a seamless and harmonious visual aesthetic. On the other hand, the sinuous shape of the bridge provides an organic sensory experience for users and passersby alike. As people traverse the bridge, they are treated to a fluid and captivating journey that engages their senses and creates a memorable experience.
The use of glue-laminated timber beams showcases the structural and aesthetic potential of this material. It highlights its strength, flexibility, and natural beauty, contributing to the overall appeal of the bridge's design.
By combining formal experimentation, geometric craftsmanship, and the unique properties of glue-laminated timber, the bridge design embodies a harmonious balance between functionality and artistic expression. It seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, offering a visually captivating experience while providing a reliable and safe passage for pedestrians.
The bridge stands as a testament to the power of design to create visually striking and sensorially engaging structures. Its sinuous form and materiality contribute to the bridge's identity, leaving a lasting impression on those who encounter it.
Photos © Beca
Designed by Shwan Alhashimi during employment at Beca