Acrophobes, beware – this is not fear-of-heights-friendly! Sturgess Architecture won first place in a Canada-based design competition that challenged architects to build a new tourist attraction. Their winning entry, Glacier Discovery Walk, is a transparent walkway that will be built along the Columbian Icefields in Alberta, Canada that will allow its visitors to feel as though they’re floating on air, overlooking the Sunwapta Valley. The boardwalk will span approximately 400 meters and will come complete with information stations that give tourists details about the ecology, geology, glaciology, and history of the area. It will end with a near-invisible, glass-floored observation deck that will extend 30 meters out beyond the glacier.
The project is currently under construction (though currently on a hiatus for the rest of 2012) and will likely be completed sometime in 2013. The view from the Glacier Discovery Walk will be breathtaking, though it may leave visitors feeling a little dizzy. Still, it’s easy to see why Sturgess won the competition – what better way to celebrate such a gorgeous area and welcome and inform tourists?
You can find out more information on the Glacier Discovery Walk here.
Are you making plans to visit Alberta’s Glacier Discovery Walk in 2013?