VIA—A Perkins Eastman Studio is the lead bridge designer with its DMA Specialty Studio in a feasibility study to assess the location, physical constraints, and conceptual design for a new bridge over Highway 1 in Burnaby Lake, the westernmost portion of the Trans-Canada Highway.
This pedestrian and cyclist bridge will offer a seamless link to the recreational trails surrounding Burnaby Lake Regional Park on one side of the highway and Deer Lake Park on the other side. The design features a pair of arches that interlock like rings to form a single, naturally braced arch. The rings also form a symbolic link, marking the entry point to the City of Burnaby. A mass-timber roof hovers in the upper interlock of the arch members, creating a warm and memorable ceiling and recalling the form of a canoe being portaged from one body of water to the next. Along the pedestrian axis, the A-shaped frames of the arch bases are aligned to focus views of Mount Seymour in the distant range.