NORTH AVENUE DAM PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
Pedestrian: commonplace(1) and going on foot (2) – this definition is fundamental to the concept and development of this bridge and site.
Bridge: a structure built over a depression or obstacle for use as a passageway – this definition provides the foundation for this conceptual sojourn.
Understanding the history and varied demographics of the site was essential to the 'bridging' of two diverse areas and social groups. Being asymmetrical in nature, this bridge identifies uniquely with either landmass. Materiality also serves this project by defining separate areas within the bridge itself, as well as inviting a range of visitor. Poised above the river, the pedestrian(2) walk is continuous, bridging the two banks. Wood, a natural element, aids in harmonizing the project with the demographics and surroundings. Placed below the pedestrian(2) walkway is the pedestrian(1) area, a 'common place' for gathering distinguished by its difference in materiality, scale and elevation. To the north, the cantilevered perforated metal grating creates a viewing platform. To the south, the same material, hovering closer to the river, defines a larger area for a variety of activities. Integrated lighting fixtures embrace the walking surfaces, growing from the steel structure below to provide verticality and balance. Finally, a planted area provides shading and unifies the bridge with its treed surroundings.