Tank Street Bridge in Brisbane, Australia

January 1, 2009

The Tank Street pedestrian and bicycle bridge is under construction in Brisbane, Australia. Stretching from the North Quay end of Tank Street in the city to Kurilpa Point in South Brisbane, adjacent to the new Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, the $63.3 million bridge was designed by the Baulderstone, Cox Rayner Architects and ARUP Engineers.

From the Department of Public Works:

Sculptural in appearance, with a network of steel masts seemingly held in suspension by a delicate cross stitching of high wire tensioned cables. The bridge is a multiple-mast, cable-stay structure based on principles of tensegrity, an architectural and engineering system in which the structural integrity is a synergy between balanced tension and compression components. This produces a lightweight yet strong and stable structure. The new bridge presents an artistic array of cables and flying struts recalling the ropes and spars of sailing ships and boats.

The bridge’s completion is scheduled for September 2009, in time for Queensland’s 150th year anniversary celebrations.

Read more about the bridge – here.