Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Calgary’s Peace Bridge receives another major recognition

Another architectural magazine has listed Calgary’s Peace Bridge as one of the top ten projects of 2012.

Award-winning magazine AZURE, with a focus on contemporary architecture and design, rated the Peace Bridge as the third top project.

In giving out this recognition, AZURE stated…  In March, Calgary cut the ribbon on a spectacular new pedestrian and cycling bridge by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

The steel structure spans 130 metres and connects the downtown core with residential areas on the other side of the Bow River. Painted a brilliant red…the long, lean structure has a glass roof and integrated linear lighting for night-time illumination. A dedicated bike lane runs down the centre with foot traffic travelling along elevated sidewalks on either side.

A reported 6,000 people are now using the bridge daily, a much higher number than expected.

This is the second recent recognition for the Peace Bridge – the online magazine designboom rated the structure as one of the top ten public spaces in 2012.


An international architecture publication has ranked Calgary’s Peace Bridge as one of the world’s top ten public spaces of 2012.

The structure was ranked number six by designboom, an online magazine considered to be one of the largest independent publications dedicated to architecture and design, with 4.2 million monthly readers around the world.

Gordon Stewart, Director of The City’s Transportation Infrastructure, said the bridge has earned a special place in many people’s hearts.

“The intent was to build a functional bridge for pedestrians and cyclists that would be special for Calgary and become a piece of infrastructure recognized around the world,” he said.

Being rated among the world’s top designs of 2012 is a special honour for the Peace Bridge, along with other infrastructure projects from Columbia, The Netherlands, Spain, Singapore, Thailand and Denmark.

In introducing the 2012 top ten designs, designboom states that “public architecture has the unique position - and almost necessity - to be inherently entwined within its context and impact a larger population usually performing perfunctory daily tasks, such as walking to the store or relaxing at a park.”

The Peace Bridge was designed by award-winning architect and bridge designer Santiago Calatrava, commissioned by The City of Calgary and built by Graham Infrastructure.

A Calgary photographer, Neil Zeller has developed a calendar featuring various images of the Peace Bridge.

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