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Submission 11: Cassius Adams - "Water & Ice" - glass wave bridge

How would you rate Submission 11 out of ten?

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    Votes: 20 18.3%
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  • Total voters
    109

3Dementia

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Designer: Cassius Adams

Bridge Type: see description

Project Description: see below

Poll: attached

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DESCRIPTION

Water & Ice

The Water & Ice bridge acknowledges it's proximity to Lake Ontario throughout all seasons. In the summer, it will help keep pedestrians cool through the usage of tinted glass and the psychological cooling effect brought on by the resemblance of waves and water both in design and in shadows. Stainless steal handrails and supporting beams, and the glass they hold in position, reminds one of ice.

Taking design queues from the Head of Slips, designed by West8/DTAH, helps to create a connection between the two nearby public pedestrian spaces while the blue glass waves of the bridge induces feelings of water.

While Water & Ice does shift somewhat from the typical box truss bridge, it's far from being overdesigned and can be constructed with a modest budget in mind.

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khristopher

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This is definitely my favourite design yet. I think it could use a few little tweaks here and there to make it look a bit more "professional", but the idea is definitely great!
 

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Great design Cassius. I was planning on using the West8 wavedeck as an influence in my second submission but I just didn't have more time to dedicate to this process. I'm very glad somebody went with it. Continuity from the Waterfront icons should draw people into the "Waterfront Disctrict" with recognizable landmarks.

You have an issue with your design however: the bridge is too low. It must be raised above street level to allow the required clearance for trains and sight lines below. This is another opportunity to integrate the wavedeck design. Have a wooden wave deck at each end to slope down and serve as ramps.
 
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What about cyclists? I can see a big problem where the bridge narrows creating squeeze points, where it may become quite dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.
 

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What about cyclists? I can see a big problem where the bridge narrows creating squeeze points, where it may become quite dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.
Kind of neat design, I wasnt aware that these specific Pedestrian bridges have to accommodate cyclists, seeing that Bathurst st. and Spadina ave. are nearby. :confused:
 

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Maybe I'm just assuming that since most other submissions have included plans for cyclists.
 

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love the wavey glass design and local references ~
 

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Great design with a ton of potential! Nice work, Cassius!

I would love to see this one glow at night, maybe use inspiration from the CN tower to change colours and have a sort of "rythem" to its lighting.

Also yeah, it needs to be widened a bit.

I love the influence for the glass :) I was influenced by the same building for a project I did earlier this year.
 

TylerBrown

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Pretty

Pretty design work and well researched. Seems like a lot of glazing for a pedestrian bridge (or any bridge for that matter). Looks good in renders but what will it look like dirty, and covered in scratches? The design would work more as a plus fifteen walkway than an open-air bridge.
 

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Well done. It would be nice to see a night rendering incorporating some light design.
 

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It looks wonderful, but as others have mentioned, will there be enough space for simultaneous, safely separated pedestrian and bicycle traffic?

Also--already mentioned--the height above the train tracks may have to be increased. Perhaps there is a way to create a gentle asymmetrical vertical arching to the whole bridge profile ( +1 metre over the whole length, with the peak maybe 60% of the way southward), so that a wider width won't look too "flat", or perhaps vary the height of the glass sides while keeping the bridge flat?
 

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