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Designed by Sturgess Architecture, the Glacier Sidewalk jutting off the edge of the Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park is a 1475-foot long “interpretive walk carved and folded into the mountainous landscape.” It is a feat of corten steel and glass--chosen for their respective patinas that will change with time--that creates a natural, vaguely terrifying extension of the land as it continues its parabolic path through the air, the open view below readily seen through a floor of tempered and heat-strengthened glass. The suspended cantilever design, void of any reassuring supports or pulleys, is accomplished via an engineering technique that takes advantage of “a balance formed by opposing tension and compression members and thereby eliminating the need for a more traditional superstructure.” We’ll take their word for it.
Photos by Robert Lamermeyer via Arch Daily.