2012: Transforming the Bridge | 12370 – First Place

Awarad: First Place (tied)

Team: Archilier Architecture, Kai Sheng, Donghwan Moon, Changsoo Park, Tinxing Tao

Location: New York, NY

Overview: Bridgewalk
Archilier Architecture’s Bridgewalk is about making connections.
Not just a landmark structure, the Detroit-Superior Bridge is one of Cleveland’s most important urban ligaments, connecting Downtown Cleveland and Ohio City with key nodes like Terminal Tower, pro sports venues, transportation, the river, and parks. Bridgewalk transforms and enlivens this vital connective tissue by inhabiting it with a variety of year-round activities.
Three strata / Five zones:
A continuous pedestrian pathway, beginning at the river’s edge, climbs through the bridge structure emerging at the crest of the arch to enjoy spectacular views of downtown Cleveland and Lake Superior. The Skywalk links all five lateral Bridgewalk zones with the planned Cuyahoga Towpath Trail.
The bridge’s undercarriage is divided into 5 lateral zones:
1. West Catacombs:
Character: dark, heavy concrete, introverted, “industrial /hip” with existing streetcar rails
Use: train museum, art galleries, shops
2. West Concourse:
Character: open-air concrete arches, adjacent to residential neighborhood
Use: small shops, pocket parks, observation & performance platform
3. Central Span:
Character: a crystalline prism suspended above the Cuyahoga beneath the existing span
Use: an urban street theater with amazing river views supporting both impromptu and scheduled performances
4. East Concourse:
Character: open-air arches redux; longer than west concourse & close to downtown. We insert a narrow, minimalist glass box linking the Bridgewalk with the riverfront, creating a series of dynamic platforms
Use: art galleries, food & beverage venues, community rooms
5. East Pools:
Character: dark & secretive, near downtown’s warehouse district.
Use: night clubs, bars, & lounges

New bicycle and pedestrian ramps connect Bridgewalk with the upper roadway
New elevators and stairs connect Bridgewalk with the riverfront
Innovative landscapes below the East Concourse– an outdoor theater, riverfront park, viewing platforms, and farmers market – make connections with Settlers’ Landing Park, the Cuyahoga River, and future riverfront development.

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