santiago calatrava: peace bridge in calgary, canada
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apr 03, 2012
santiago calatrava: peace bridge in calgary, canada

‘peace bridge’ by santiago calatrava, calgary, canada
image © ian harding photography
all photographs courtesy of ian harding photography
all renderings courtesy of santiago calatrava




the city of calgary in canada has welcomed its newest addition spanning the bow river, the ‘peace bridge’ by valencian architect and engineer santiago calatrava. the single span helical footbridge gently arcs across the water, sheltering users with a glass roof along its 126 meter length. adjacent to the prince’s island park in the downtown district, the structure will provide pedestrians and cyclists with connecting routes between the urban center and memorial drive. pathways defined with curbs separate modes of movement, allowing bicycles to maneuver safely within a central bike lane and foot traffic travels along the elevated sidewalks placed on either side.



calgarians using their bridge for the first time
image © ian harding photography




the rounded cross section of the cover and platform is generated mathematically with two clearly defined tangential radii to create an internal and experiential space. formed by the criss-crossing of the steel exterior leaves openings which have been selectively screened with a fritted glazed panel to protect form rain and snow. pigmented a vibrant red, the framework generates a landmark presence for the area, accenting the trees and grass-covered landscape, especially during autumnal foliage. linear lighting is integrated into the structure and handrail, producing a downward way-finding illumination. its delicate presence is reflected within the water below.



separated pedestrian and bicycle paths
image © ian harding photography



aerial rendered view
image © santiago calatrava



side view of the bridge with the downtown beyond
image © santiago calatrava



accented by the autumnal foliage
image © santiago calatrava



bridge deck
image © santiago calatrava



bridge deck at night
image © santiago calatrava



illuminated at night
image © santiago calatrava



project info:



length of bridge: 126 m
total width: 8 m
total height: 5.85 m
width bet. handrails: 6.2 m (3.7m pedestrian zone, 2.5m cycle way)

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