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.
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Architecture Operations, New York; James Carpenter Design Associates, New York
Grimshaw (building design), Buro Happold (engineer of record)
2016 AIA North Carolina: Honor Award2017 AIA New York State: Award of Citation
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
- Our Scope of Work
conceptual design, schematic design, design development