Last week, Mayor of Auckland Len Brown officially launched Point Resolution Bridge, designed by architectural firm Warren and Mahoney.
The original footbridge, which linked Tamaki Drive and the Parnell Baths in Auckland, had been a feature of the waterfront since the 1930s, but had become so fragile that guards had to restrict the number of people using it.
Warren and Mahoney gave the council three options: restoration, to continue with additions made in the 1970s, or building a new bridge.
Lead design architect at Warren and Mahoney Dean MacKenzie said the key design factors at play were the harbour location and the visual language of the Parnell Baths. It would also need to complement the baths' mosaic mural, which depicts abstract swimmers.
The result is a sweeping combination of curved steel, concrete and glass. It has been decorated with iwi patterns by artist Henriata Nicholas, which were etched into the concrete and then coated with a protective pigmented arctic white stain.
The bridge was designed using the latest 3D modelling techniques, with 2D modelling used for legal and contractual reasons.
“For all its geometric complexity and manufacturing intricacy, we believe that with Point Resolution Bridge we have created a simple and elegant design which can be absorbed and appreciated at a glance by motorists and pedestrians alike,” says MacKenzie.