St. Patrick’s Footbridge
This bridge design was submitted as part of a design competition organized by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation for a new landmark crossing for pedestrians and cyclists connecting to St. Patrick’s Island across the Bow River in downtown Calgary.
The design responds to the unique scale and asymmetry of its river-island river crossing, comprising a longer 106m southern span and a shorter 60m northern span. A sinuous S-curve deck smoothly ripples across the two stretches of water, pausing to land on the west tip of St. Patrick’s island.
The structural configuration generates a “weaving” geometric pattern which maximizes visual lightness and transparency. The sweeping curves and the texture of the arch components evoke quintessentially Canadian riverside images such as snowshoes, fishing nets and canoes.