City Announces Winner of Design Competition for Iconic New Highway 101 Bridge
The City of Palo Alto announced the winning team of a global bridge design competition for a new landmark bicycle and pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 101 at Adobe Creek.
California firms HNTB Engineering, 64North, Bionic Landscape Architecture, and Ned Kahn make up the winning design team.
"Three remarkable designs, all with strong local team members, were presented to the Design Jury and the Architectural Review Board. Each proposal provided comprehensive design thinking, integrating key requirements of cost constraint, strong aesthetic and engineering form, and a sensitive approach to the Baylands," Jury Chairwoman Judith Wasserman said. "The winning design includes several amenities at the Baylands gateway, and shows a remarkable integration of form and expression, creating a safe landmark bridge for the use of cyclists and pedestrians, while also acknowledging that thousands of motorists will pass beneath this bridge every day."
The City created the unique six-month competition to solicit visionary design ideas from top architectural and engineering firms for a bridge that represents the identity of Palo Alto and provides connectivity from residential and commercial areas in south Palo Alto to the Baylands Nature Preserve and the regional Bay Trail network of bike trails.
The competition began in late-September and 20 firms from around the world submitted qualifications, along with their design intent and approach, to the City for consideration.