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Kurilpa Pedestrian Bridge

Brisbane

The Kurilpa Bridge was a key tool in increasing pedestrian movement between two of Brisbane’s major parklands – South Bank and Roma Street Parklands.

The project was an opportunity to not only make a new pedestrian and cycle connection across Brisbane’s river but to create new forms of public space, as well as a symbol of a city forging its identity at the forefront of art, science and technology.

Its conceptualisation, based upon Buckminster Fuller’s principles of tensegrity, was to simultaneously resolve unusual physical challenges, such as navigational constraints and motorway spanning, and embrace the spirit of a relaxed, subtropical city seeking to prioritise walking, cycling and healthy lifestyle. It ultimately embodies and conveys Brisbane’s emergence as a contemporary design city.

Ultimately, the Kurilpa Pedestrian Bridge embodies and conveys Brisbane’s emergence as a contemporary design city.

Awards

World Transport Building of the Year, WAF 2011
Karl Langer Award for Urban Design, AIA QLD 2010

Technical Information

City
Brisbane
Year
2009
In Association With
Arup
Client
Department of Public Works, Queensland Government
Status
Completed, 2006-2009
Key Consultants
Eric Martin & Associates, Gamble McKinnon Green, Dot Dash, RCP, Urban Art Projects
Builder
Baulderstone
Cost
$63,000,000
Photography
Christopher Frederick Jones