Pushing the boundaries of engineering and creativity, Kurilpa Bridge combines world-first structural design with a clever lighting scheme that enlivens and enriches the city.
Illuminating Brisbane River
Designed by Arup’s lighting design specialists, the lighting scheme plays on the link between the pedestrian bridge and the Gallery of Modern Art. It creates a feature of the bridge as a permanent work of art, highlighting structural elements with a complimentary glow.
The lighting creates interest for users and passers-by with an arrangement of LED luminaries programmed to produce an array of lighting effects. The scheme can be tailored to cater for events, festivals and sport and is one of the world’s largest bridge LED lighting installations.
"The ability of LED to dynamically change colour allowed us to use lighting to reveal both architectural and structural features of the bridge. At dusk it is revealed in white light and later in the evening the dynamic effects are unleashed to display a more playful personality"
– Paul Guger, lead Arup lighting designer
Solar power for sustainability
Kurilpa is one of the first large-scale solar powered pedestrian bridges in the world, with 84 photovoltaic panels.
The panels supply between 75% and 100% of the power required for lighting, with surplus electricity fed into the grid. In addition to energy savings, the use of LED minimises maintenance and operating costs.