Nicole Jewell

Canada's Glacier Skywalk Boasts Stunning Views and a Near-Zero Footprint

by , 05/07/14

Sturgess Architecture, Glacier Skywalk, Jasper National Park, Canada, national parks, near-zero energy construction, weathering steel, Read Jones Christofferson Engineering, Golder Associates, SMP Engineering, PCL Construction, Columbia Icefield area, corten steel

Visitors can observe the beautiful Sunwapta Valley from 280 meters above through the skywalk’s glass-floored observation platform. The skywalk was designed to be an extension of the site’s natural surroundings rather than an obtrusion – to this end, it was built into the native bedrock using a blend of weathering steel, glass and wood. Toxin- and paint-free materials were used in the construction, and the architects sought to respect the site’s incredible raw environment by achieving a near-zero footprint,

Related: ‘Top of Tyrol’ Lookout Platform Offers a Bird’s-Eye View of Austria’s Stubai Glacier

Sturgess Architecture explains the impact of the landscape on the architectural features: “The complex landscape was the inspiration for the project’s design and materiality. The thrust-fault geological movement in the area has created a fractal landscape that informs the larger formal gesture of the architecture.”

The Glacier Skywalk was built in collaboration with a number of Canadian firms, all of which were dedicated to providing the area with an environmentally respectful design.

+ Sturgess Architecture

Via World Architecture News

Images provided by Brewster Travel Canada

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