Winning scheme in a two stage open international design competition for a new opening bridge for Auckland Harbour.
With the key criteria of design quality and innovation, the design incorporates innovative engineering and operational features to create a unique and iconic bridge structure.
The bridge responds to the visually active harbour context and distant views with large scale, distinctive sculptural form and an elegant profile. Its vertical support mast creates a permanent gateway and orientation marker, and its deck splits in two, as it rises, sweeping apart to come to rest in a V configuration.
The bridge’s three primary elements of differing length and width form an asymmetric composition which, viewed from different locations around the harbour, creates an infinite range of juxtapositions as the bridge moves towards the mast.
In association with Hyder Consulting.