Beauty and the bridge

James Forryan
Wednesday 26 Aug 2009

Moller Architects collaborate with Beca to build new road bridge for Auckland

Moller Architects worked as part of a collaborative team with Beca to create a gateway to Flat Bush in South Auckland. A comprehensive town centre landscape plan creates a new centre within Manakau City and Ormiston Road joins this main axis and arrival point.

The brief defined a need to span an existing stream and landscaped park, together with the need for four lanes of traffic plus pedestrian access, all to meet transit requirements. A cable-stayed bridge spanning 80m provided an appropriate conceptual idea which could touch the ground lightly, having two angled tower pylons each 45 metres high which could then support two 2-lane carriageways and footpaths. Thus, a void could be created to allow light into the park below and avoid a large dark ‘footprint’.

Construction is concrete pylons and deck, steel cable supports, stainless steel components and ‘beacons’ at the pylon tops to provide a reference point, particularly at night, when the structural system is celebrated with a comprehensive lighting system.

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New Zealand
Transport Urban design

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