Strength in balance - a symbol of renewal

Memorial Bridge

The design seeks to achieve a structure which is driven by architecture, landscape and engineering working in unison. It is expressive of the forces acting upon it - minimising structural weight and thickness while also presenting a powerful, vaulting form which reflects the energy of the city of Christchurch.
By having the bridge’s structure obliquely cross SH1 in a clear arc, the bridge takes on a powerful presence from all points of view. The concept enables enhanced transport solutions for all modes of travel including cycles and pedestrians. Future proofing is afforded by the capability of light rail or dedicated bus lanes to be incorporated under the bridge at a later date.
The design is a natural outcome of considering the location. The landscape itself provides the most powerful possible inspiration through the Southern Alps and the braided rivers that are unique to the Canterbury Plains. By directly translating the vertic
Historically this area of Canterbury was a place people passed through on the way to Puari pā on the banks of the Ōtākaro (Avon River) to gather mahinga kai (traditional food sources) in the wetlands and waterways of Ōtautahi. The two arches symbolise the

Collective Effort

Collective Effort

Peter Marshall
Barrington Gohns
Head of Design, Principal
Chris Brown
Associate Principal
2019 Chicago Athenaeum/The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies - International Award 2018 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards - Spatial Design Communication - Silver Pin 2018 Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards - Built Environment - Silver Pin 2018 World Architecture Festival Awards - Future Projects - Transport - Finalist