The form was derived from accentuated, unobstructed views that dynamically shifted along the path. The higher bike path was used for shelter and its negative-space plan provided a release from tight spaces underneath.
Oriented north upward, the encompassing bridge combined Callowhill with Chinatown, making a strong expressive gesture over the Vine Street Expressway. Bridging a physical and metaphorical boundary.
A partial elevation of the exhibition space to show the contrast of closed and open space, in addition to scale.
The locomotive museum on the lower floor created a highly mechanical and structural space that mimics the strength and innovation of trains during earlier times.
Structural detailed wall section. Enclosed museum sustainability diagrams.
View from under the Skywalk Bridge on the Chinatown side, in addition to the floor plans of the exhibition space.
1:50 scale structural detail model.
The submitted competition boards for the ACSA Steel Design Student competition.
To serve as a connecting terminal from the Reading Viaduct to Center City’s redeveloping neighborhoods, Skywalk is a preservation tactic for the elevated train tracks that have been abandoned in the 1980s. To tie back to the theme of a Skywalk, the bridge crosses over the Vine Street Expressway, which allows for an overview of the neighborhood and a view of the Philadelphia Skyline. A conceptual theme of lightness is shown with the use of mirrored glass on the exterior to complement the context to establish a relationship between the bridge and the surrounding city. With this incorporation of immateriality, the use of a support base system is emphasized through a cable-stayed/ suspension bridge which gives the illusion of a floating space.
Historical railways have played a large role in transit through the industrial ages, and its strong materiality, such as concrete and steel, have provided the basis for the bridge. The walking path takes more of a scenic route with the use of green spaces to contribute to the sustainable innovations used in this project which serve as intensive vegetated living roof to catch storm water run-off and protection from sun exposure. Skywalk emphasizes the ideals of a monumental piece in transportation history and exemplifies it in the modern age.