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Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Latvia Architecture News - Jul 19, 2019 - 01:44   2023 views

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Bee Breeders has announced winners for the Gauja National Park Footbridge competition which was a collaboration with the Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Gauja National Park. 

Competition participants were asked to design an iconic entranceway to the park in the form of a footbridge. With a wide array of concepts and designs submitted, the jury favoured those that offered experiential new ways of discovering the park.

First prize was awarded to Abraham Fung from Australia for his "Flow: Between City and River" project which created a fluid organic form from a pure rectangle with a rational structure. The steel and timber structure is wrapped within a shell of woven timber mesh, offering an expanded space for viewing surroundings as visitors cross.

Paul Kaloustian from Lebanon took second prize, creating a network of walking spaces to offer a space for discovery. While Michel Boucquillon and Donia Maaoui from Italy claimed third prize for their monumental Bark Bridge project that incorporates a laser cut shell which ranges from polished stainless steel to satin brown painted steel to achieve a colorful effect.

Student Award and Green Award went to Inness Yeoman with the project "Gauja Park Gateway" from Mackintosh School of Architecture in the UK.

See the full winning projects below:


Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Images courtesy of the artist

1st prize: Flow: Between City and River by Abraham Fung from Australia

Read interview with Abraham Fung.

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Images courtesy of the artist

2nd prize: Gauja National Park Footbridge by Paul Kaloustian from Lebanon

Read interview with Paul Kaloustian.

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Images courtesy of the artists

3rd prize: THE BARK BRIDGE - A suspended tree trunk walkway by Michel Boucquillon and Donia Maaoui from Italy

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Architects propose sculptural footbridges in Latvia's Gauja National Park

Images courtesy of the artist

BB Green Award and BB Student Award: Gauja Park Gateway by Inness Yeoman from United Kingdom

Bee Breeders also selected 6 Honorable Mentions. Please see the Honorable Mentions here. See all Architecture Competitions on WAC. 

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