Chanhassen Pedestrian Bridge
“In naming the structure a 1997 AIA Minnesota Honor Award winner, the jurors praised the bridge for its ‘simplicity, elegance and modesty of means.’ . . . For Chanhassen, the bridge is a winning town marker.”
—Eric Kudalis, Architecture Minnesota
The bridge is both a landmark for Chanhassen and a gateway to destinations beyond. From Highway 5 west of the Twin Cities, the bridge not only announces one’s arrival to Chanhassen, but also serves as a gateway to the neighboring Landscape Arboretum, one of the metropolitan area’s most visited attractions. The bridge’s arbor-like structure of galvanized steel tubes, angles, and bars alludes to the Arboretum and is also in keeping with the aesthetics of the highway corridor. The steel trellis is entwined with red-flowering Dropmore honeysuckle vines, planted at the base of both abutments and the central pier.
Location: Chanhassen, Minnesota
Type: New construction
AIA Minnesota Honor Award.
American Galvanizers Association Excellence in Hot Dip Galvanizing Award.