• Duke University West Union Bridge
    © Reid Freeman, Architecture Operations DPC
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Duke University West Union Bridge

Durham, North Carolina, USA, 2018

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.


  • Location

    Durham, North Carolina, USA

  • Architect

    Architecture Operations, New York; James Carpenter Design Associates, New York

  • Cooperation

    Grimshaw (building design), Buro Happold (engineer of record)

  • Awards

    2016 North Carolina AIA Honor

  • Client

    Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

  • Contractor

    Skanska

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual design, schematic design, design development

  • Total length 160 ft / 49 m
  • Width 24 ft / 7 m
  • Main span 16 ft / 5 m
  • Duke University West Union Bridge © Reid Freeman, Architecture Operations DPC
  • Duke University West Union Bridge © Reid Freeman, Architecture Operations DPC
  • Duke University West Union Bridge © Reid Freeman, Architecture Operations DPC

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