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Glacier Skywalk
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PROGETTISTA
 
 
Sturgess Architecture
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CONTESTO
 
Localizzazione
Jeremy Sturgess, Sturgess Architecture, Glacier Skywalk, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, Read Jones Christoffersen, PCL Construction Management
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DESCRIZIONE
 
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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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MATERIALI
 
vetro, acciaio corten, legno, pietra
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LOCALIZZAZIONE
 
Continente
America del Nord
Nazione
Canada
Provincia
Alberta
Regione
Alberta's Rockies
Città
Jasper
Indirizzo
Icefields Pkway, Jasper National Park
 
 
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MAPPA
 
 
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TIPOLOGIA
 
ARCHITETTURA
Arredo urbano e strutture per spazi pubblici
Strutture panoramiche, belvedere
Altre strutture architettoniche
Passerelle, scalinate ed elementi di collegamento
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CRONOLOGIA
 
Progetto
2012    
Realizzazione
2014
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PREMI
 
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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RIFERIMENTI BIBLIOGRAFICI
 
 
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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COMMITTENTE
 
 
Brewster Travel Canada
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IMPORTO
 
 
$ 21,000,000
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DATI
DIMENSIONALI
 
Superficie
mq. 510
Lunghezza
m. 450
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STRUTTURISTA
 
 
Read Jones Christoffersen
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STAFF
 
Gruppo di progettazione
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
Impianti elettrici
SMP Engineering
Logistica, traffico, flussi
Urban Systems LTD.
Aerodinamica e resistenza agli agenti atmosferici
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc.
Progettazione ambientale
Golder Associates
Geologo
Thurber Engineering
Gestione dell'opera
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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