The West Union building has been designed to be the center of campus activity for Duke University. To link this new building to the campus, schlaich bergermann partner helped create a lightweight footbridge that serves simultaneously as connection path, pavilion, and roof for a community pub below. The thin concrete bridge has a coffered deck that reduces weight and improves efficiency. The coffered voids incorporate prismatic glass to illuminate the voids and light the deck above. The slender columns supporting the bridge create a dynamic sense of rhythm to the space.