Southern Alps inspired bridge concept for Christchurch

The Four Brothers, a collaboration with GHD Woodhead architects, Christchurch. 

A sculptural bridge concept for the Avon river in the CBD. The concept draws inspiration from local Māori mythology and the vast southern alpine ranges, a dominant feature of the Canterbury region. 

In Māori mythology the tale of Aoraki, along with his brothers, brought his great waka down from the heavens in order to visit their step-mother, Papatūānuku. When attempting to return to the heavens some time later, Aoraki misquoted his karakia and the canoe fell back into the water and turned over onto its side. As the brothers moved on to the back of the overturned canoe they turned to stone, and they remain there today as the principal mountains in the Southern Alps, with Aoraki being the highest.

Collaborative project with GHD Woodhead: The Four Brothers - a pedestrian bridge concept for Christchurch CBD.

Collaborative project with GHD Woodhead: The Four Brothers - a pedestrian bridge concept for Christchurch CBD.

Ben Foster concept sketch ‘The Four Brothers’ pedestrian bridge, Christchurch CBD.

Ben Foster concept sketch ‘The Four Brothers’ pedestrian bridge, Christchurch CBD.

Collaborative project with GHD Woodhead: The Four Brothers - a pedestrian bridge concept for Christchurch CBD.

Collaborative project with GHD Woodhead: The Four Brothers - a pedestrian bridge concept for Christchurch CBD.