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BUILDING
 
 
Glacier Skywalk
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DESIGNER
 
 
Sturgess Architecture
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CONTEXT
 
Location
Jeremy Sturgess, Sturgess Architecture, Glacier Skywalk, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, Read Jones Christoffersen, PCL Construction Management
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DESCRIPTION
 
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Jeremy Sturgess, Sturgess Architecture, Glacier Skywalk, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, Read Jones Christoffersen, PCL Construction ManagementThe Glacier Skywalk is a private initiative in a public park. The project weaves a continuous thread that empowers guests to encounter the untouched environment. The Skywalk Vista subtly, yet heroically, cantilevers 35 metres from the mountainside, allowing visitors to experience the grandeur of the gorge 280 metres below.

An efficient material palate for the off-grid structure consists of Corten steel, glass, wood and stone that collectively contribute to a seamless relationship between natural and manmade.

The project fulfills a mandate by Parks Canada to encourage visitors to observe first-hand the effects of climate change.
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MATERIALS
 
glass, corten steel, wood, stone
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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
Canada
Province
Alberta
Region
Alberta's Rockies
Town
Jasper
Address
Icefields Pkway, Jasper National Park
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Urban equipment and structures for public areas
Panoramic structures, belvederes
Other architectural structures
Walkways, staircases and connecting elements
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2012    
Realisation
2014
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AWARDS
 
2016
Governor General's Medal in Architecture
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
Canada Council for the Arts


Jury comment:
"This extraordinary landscape intervention challenges visitors to experience the scale of the Columbia Icefields on foot, rather than from a car. Tough materials such as Corten steel and the jagged, fractal forms along the pathway emulate the thrust-fault movement that has shaped glaciers. Like many outstanding works of architecture, this projects offers users a unique opportunity – a viewing platform to see the world in a whole new way. The jury notes that the skywalk makes you feel safe and frightened and the same time: that’s its magic."
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Daniel Roehr, Kees Lokman, "Step into the abyss", Topos 93, december 2015 [Fragile Landscapes], pp. 46-53
Alexandra McIntosh, "Steel Skywalker", Canadian Architect 7/2014, july 2014 [Business and Commerce], pp. 24-27
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CLIENT
 
 
Brewster Travel Canada
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AMOUNT
 
 
$ 21,000,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
sq.m. 510 (sq.ft. 5,500)
Lenght
m. 450 (ft. 1,475)
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Read Jones Christoffersen
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STAFF
 
Design team
PCL Construction Management (Design-Build Team Leader): Scott Updegrave, Keith Bowers.
Read Jones Christoffersen (Prime Consultant): Simon Brown, Geoff Kallweit, Mark Ritchie.
Sturgess Architecture (Architect): Jeremy Sturgess, Jan Kroman, David Tyl, Bob Horvath
Electrical engineer
SMP Engineering
Logistics, traffic, flows
Urban Systems LTD.
Aerodynamics and weather resistant consultant
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc.
Environmental design
Golder Associates
Geotechnical
Thurber Engineering
Construction management
PCL Construction Management
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Robert Lemermeyer, Brewster Travel Canada, Sturgess Architecture
Courtesy of RAIC Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

Jeremy Sturgess, Sturgess Architecture, Glacier Skywalk, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, Read Jones Christoffersen, PCL Construction Management



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