This integrated concept acknowledges the important roles played by Memorial Avenue and State Highway 1 as gateways to Christchurch, the airport, and the South Island.
The design seeks to achieve a structure which is driven by architecture, landscape and engineering working in unison. It is expressive of the forces acting upon it - minimising structural weight and thickness while also presenting a powerful, vaulting form which reflects the energy of the city of Christchurch.
Symbolic of the crossing of paths and the coincidence of differing modes of transport, the arching, fluid form captures the dynamism, excitement and speed of travel by both land and air, and recognises the unique airport location within the alluvial patterns of the Canterbury Plains.
The concept enables enhanced transport solutions for all modes and allows for future multi-modal travel.