The West Union District Bridge/Pavilion is a synthesis of the tree canopy in Crown Commons, embedding a sense of Duke’s forested grounds to inform the student’s circulation experience.

Images

BRIDGE AT DUSK

THE BRIDGE'S DELICATE AND SIMPLE PROFILE EMPHASIZES THE PRESENCE OF LIGHT

THE STRUCTURE DELICATELY ARTICULATES DUKE'S LAYERED CIRCULATION AND FORESTED LANDSCAPE
 

DAYLIGHT LENSES AND ETCHED GLASS SIDEWALLS

THE BRIDGE DEFINES A KEY CIRCULATION AXIS ALIGNED WITH THE BRYAN CENTER ENTRY

THE BRIDGE ESTABLISHES A CLEAR ARRIVAL INTO THE WEST UNION DISTRICT

THE BRIDGE CREATES AN OUTDOOR PAVILION FOR THE WEST CAMPUS

PUB AND LOUNGE AT NIGHT

STUDENT GATHERING SPACES INTEGRATED BELOW BRIDGE STRUCTURE

LOUNGE AND PUB BELOW THE BRIDGE
 

ACCESS INTO THE NEW WEST UNION AT CROWN COMMONS LEVEL

PUB AND LOUNGE IN THE DAY

BRIDGE CONCEPT ELEMENTS

BRIDGE DECK UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Description

This merging of landscape, pub/lounge and bridge links the Bryan Center Entry with the West Campus Entry and defines the main student-life circulation axis through the West Campus District.

The award-winning bridge is a thin and lightweight concrete structure featuring a coffered ceiling that both removes mass and adds structural efficiency. At the center of each coffer is a void occupied by a prismatic glass. From below, the coffers concave form is illuminated by the prismatic glass which is designed to also project points of light within the bridge deck’s cast shadow.

The pub and lounge below the bridge are unique and memorable spaces enfolding students within a forest-like atmosphere, creating a social space informed by a powerfully local sense of nature.

AWARD: 2017 New York Award of Citation
AWARD: 2016 North Carolina AIA Honor
Project Cost: $3,000.000
Project Area:  4,000 sq ft upper level) & 4,000 sq ft (lower level) = 8,000 sq ft (total)
Project Scope: Pedestrian walkway and functional spaces below the deck
Project Duration: Spring 2014 – Summer 2016
Client: Duke University
Architect: Architecture Operations D.P.C.
Artist: James Carpenter Design Associates Inc.
Conceptual Structural Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann & Partners
Record Structural Engineer:  Buro Happold Engineering
Landscape Architect: Reed Hilderbrand Associates
Concrete Consultant:  Reginald Hough Associates
Coordinating Architect on West Union: Grimshaw Architects
Lighting Design: Tillotson Design Associates
Construction Manager:  Skanska USA

Video

The lenses capture activity above and below the bridge/pavilion while transmitting a forest-like sense of light into the students' social spaces.
 

View from the Duke West Union - the main circulation across the West Campus occurs at the bridge level while the ground level below features the pavilion with social spaces integrated into the landscape.