International Architecture Competition

Gauja
National Park
Footbridge

Results

Foreword

Competition organisers

Gauja 
National Park
Footbridge

Official Partners

Gauja 
National Park
Footbridge

The Nature Conservation Agency of Latvia paired up with Bee Breeders to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Gauja National Park - the country's largest national park at 90,000 hectares - by challenging architects and designers with submitting proposals for a footbridge marking the park's entry. The footbridge is intended to serve as an architectural landmark that adds to the park's existing collection of 500 cultural and historical monuments, including medieval castles and towns.

The competition called for a footbridge which can span an existing roadway, at an elevation high enough to allow cars and trucks to pass below. The submissions responded with an extensive array of design concepts. Several sought means of introducing verticality into the design to offer viewing platforms. Others focused on drawing from natural forms or elements, such as leaves, trees, and hills. A broad range of material and structural concepts were tested, including cable-supported decks, simple horizontal slabs, and systems supported by trusses.

The jury members sought solutions with structural integrity, those that could offer pedestrians unique opportunities for viewing, as well as those with the potential to become a symbolic new entry and exit point for visitors traveling through the park by vehicle. Sustainable and minimally invasive proposals were looked highly upon. When designing a pedestrian bridge, architects often focus on complex formal solutions to solve the rather simple problem of spanning a gap to connect point A with point B. The jury felt strongly that the most successful forms were those that also offered experiential new ways of discovering the park.

Bee Breeders thanks all designers that took part in this design ideas competition. The quality of the imagery and structural concepts was high. And many of the proposals submitted have the capacity to offer Gauja Park the new architectural landmark it deserves.

1st Prize Winner

Project name

Flow: Between City and River

Authors

Abraham Fung

Australia

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2nd Prize Winner

Project name

Gauja National Park Footbridge

Authors

Paul Kaloustian

Lebanon

3rd Prize Winner

Project name

THE BARK BRIDGE

Authors

Michel Boucquillon
Donia Maaoui

Italy

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BB STUDENT AWARD

Project name

Gauja Park Gateway

Authors

Inness Yeoman

University

Mackintosh school of architecture
+122 points!

United Kingdom

Honorable mentions

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Project Name

Transience

University

Massachusetts institute of technology
+72 points!

Country

United States

Project authors

Paul Mayencourt
Mohamed Ismail

Project Name

The Gauja OverView

Country

United Kingdom

Project authors

Bryce Suite
Ruta Daubure

Project Name

Gauja National Park Footbridge

Country

Italy

Project authors

Giorgi Maisuradze

Project Name

A Branch Between the Thicket

Country

Canada

Project authors

Zhong Cai

Project Name

Wooden way bridge

Country

Russian Federation

Project authors

Maria Bugrova
Sergei Beliaev
Anastasiia Grek
Ivan Polyakov

Project Name

Embrace

Country

China

Project authors

Wang Fan

Shortlisted projects

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United States

Halff associates

kyle hohmann
phillip hammond
jill amezcua

Latvia

edgars janemanis
andris kažociņš

Canada

Forest and field landscape architecture

michelle lazar
matthew sweig
emily mckenna
tupac espinoza

Germany

Technische Universität München , The Technical University of Munich

+22 points!
philip schneider

United States

Katz architecture

david katz
julia mackenzie
radia berrada
shana kim

United Kingdom

bryce suite
ruta daubure

South Africa

Atljee_101

rikus engelbrecht
dirk lourens
celeste havenga

United Kingdom

Mackintosh School of Architecture - The Glasgow School of Art

+22 points!
vegard elseth
karlis kukainis

United Kingdom

Mackintosh School of Architecture - The Glasgow School of Art

+22 points!
joe sampey
megan devlin

United Kingdom

Mackintosh School of Architecture - The Glasgow School of Art

+22 points!
callum smith
william white-howe

United States

kaikang shen
yuchi wang
yijia wang
yaran zhang

Japan

Nikken sekkei ltd

maiko takiguchi
takashi fukushima
hajime aoyagi
ryuju hanaoka

South Africa

dario schoulund
rudolph botha

Japan

shohei yamada
shotaro shirai
peter boda
tatsuhiko yoshiki

Hungary

Sporaarchitects

adam hatvani
attila vigh
tibor dékány

United Kingdom

Mackintosh School of Architecture - The Glasgow School of Art

+122 points!
inness yeoman

Russian Federation

maria bugrova
sergei beliaev
anastasiia grek
ivan polyakov

Italy

Alo s.r.l.

marco verde (principal designer and project manager)
nicola dessì (studio assistant)

Russian Federation

valentina tkachenko
liudmila vostrikova
alexandra babarika

United States

alessandro giulio
daniela arriagada
henry marroquin

United States

jarrod pope
ilse rojas
jamil williams
andrew hansen

United States

cody jones
cody kotrlik
adolfo luna
brandon lang

Russian Federation

Mir

fedor malyshev
alexander malyshev

Peru

maria claudia angeles
cristian eduardo tipián cancino
mirian liseth guevara guerrero
kevin jhans moncada upiachihua

United States

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

+72 points!
paul mayencourt
mohamed ismail

Netherlands

Delft University of Technology, TU Delft , Technical University Delft

+22 points!
max latour

Italy

simone vioglio
giancarlo nisi
giacomo crosetti

Sweden

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

+22 points!
nils hogle
isabelle sahba

Germany

Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg Mosbach (DHBW Mosbach)

+22 points!
don-marc pascal oppenländer

Kazakhstan

artem tsoy
alexandra sakhip-gareyeva
alexandr sochkov

Russian Federation

Ooo "adm"

alexey myakota
lidiia gribakina
 

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