The 31 acre island of St. Patrick is located in the middle of the Bow River in Calgary, Alberta. The bridge will provide an evocative link between the Calgary communities on the north and south banks of the Bow River. The proposed curved footbridge is an innovative and unique structure that strives to create a memorable icon in the region. When seen from long range view points, the bridge resembles a bird taking flight from the tip of the island while at the far end of the island is the Calgary Zoo.
The arc wings were selected and designed to have different heights to reflect the asymmetrical nature of the crossing. The bridge layout includes a gently curved structure that relates well to the existing topography of the site uniting the two shorelines with a striking new link. PLUSEN collaborated with Rosales + Partners, one of the shortlisted firms for this design competition.