It’s just one element along the finished seawall next to what will be the Athlete’s Village for the 2010 Olympics (and then Millennium Water) – but it’s a grabber:
Yes, it’s a bridge. But since passage is limited to those on foot and paw, I prefer the French term – passerelle. Though they have a long history (the Pont des Arts of 1804, for instance), they are among the most interesting blends of architecture and engineering to be found these days.
The idea behind this one: to evoke the image of a sea-going kayak, including the straps across the deck.
For the record:
And in Paris, the Simone de Beauvoir Passerelle:
Now the obvious question: why is there not a passerelle across False Creek? The need is obvious. A low-level bridge that connects both banks would be an elegant solution to the Burrard Bridge problem. The cost alone – now $50 million – to widen the structure over the objections of the heritage community justifies a look at other options.
The problem, apparently, is that a low-level bridge would block the passage of sailboats. But perhaps it’s time to ask the question: why should we sacrifice a solution that could serve thousands of people every day, support sustainable transportation, add a landmark to the city and save a lot of money to instead serve a few recreational craft that might, with adjustable masts, still be able to navigate the creek?