DOUBLE-CURVED METAL BRIDGE PROVIDES KEY URBAN LINK IN COLORADO SPRINGS
Joining Architectural Digest's coveted 2022 Works of Wonder list and earning the first place slot in MCA's 2022 single skin metal panels category, the new Park Union Pedestrian Bridge is a 250-foot-long, curved steel bridge spanning over an active railyard and serving as a key urban link for Colorado Springs.
Designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), the unique double-curved geometry rises from opposite and opposing sides of the bridge, meeting at interlocking open loops in the middle where pedestrians are afforded framed views of downtown Colorado Springs, the adjacent U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum (USOPM), the railyard below and the Rocky Mountains in the distance.
"The bridge is an exercise in fitness - both in terms of material and geometry. The hybrid steel structure system functions as an arch and a truss, elegantly preserving views from downtown to the majestic mountain ranges of Pikes Peak," said DS+R Partner-in-Charge and Lead Designer Benjamin Gilmartin, AIA.