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Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane

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The Kurilpa Bridge is a 63 million pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the Brisbane River in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The bridge connects Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane to Tank Street in the Brisbane central business district. In 2011, the bridge was judged World Transport Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival.Baulderstone Queensland Pty Ltd constructed the bridge and the company’s design team included Cox Rayner Architects and Arup Engineers.A sod turning ceremony was held at Kurilpa Park, South Brisbane on 12 December 2007. The bridge was opened on 4 October 2009 by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh.StructureKurilpa Bridge is the world’s largest hybrid tensegrity bridge. Only the horizontal spars conform to tensegrity principles. The Kurilpa Bridge is a multiple-mast, cable-stay structure based on principles of tensegrity producing a synergy between balanced tension and compression components to create a light structure which is incredibly strong.The bridge is 470m long with a main span of 128m and features two large viewing and relaxation platforms, two rest areas, and a continuous all-weather canopy for the entire length of the bridge.A canopy is supported by a secondary tensegrity structure. It is estimated that 560t of structural steel including 6.8km of helical strand cable are incorporated into the bridge.
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  • Great views of the city from the middle of this pedestrian/bicycle only modern bridge over the Brisbane River. Added bonus - it is shaded from the elements. If you are going to the Gallery of Modern A...  more »
  • Nice for a walk, but even better as a free place to sleep. A couple of good spots in the middle of the bridge, but the quitest ones are under the bridge on the south side.  more »
  • A great way between the gallery and the city , check out the water views on the way . After your trip from the transit centre past the great pubs, law courts and art installations to the special water...  more »