Sunday, September 12, 2010

build it and they will come!

A friend visited New Plymouth recently and was told that before leaving town she must see the striking new Te Rewa Rewa bridge which crosses the Waiwhakaiho River on the waterfront walkway.

The pedestrian/cycling bridge is the jewel in the crown of the walkway extension. The striking single arch is evocative of breaking waves or whalebone. On a good day, the upright structure of the bridge frames a stunning view of Mt Taranaki.
Opened in June 2010, the bridge attracted 55,000 in the month of July. And this in a city of just 67,000 people.

Mark Servian suggests a new low level bridge for Hamilton, designed by Weta workshop, that could become a must see attraction for Hamilton. Cities across the world are identified by their iconic structures. Maybe it is time to start thinking about an imaginative and innovative structure for Hamilton.

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