Combining the immediate landscape and tectonic form in one unfolding strategy, in true elevation the Weave looks like a conventional bridge. It is anything but. Built as a landscape strategy for the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, traces of the bridge begin at a sports field furthest from the railway and wind their way, gaining force as they approach the train tracks. The trace begins to rise off the ground in a slow ascent, turning into tectonic threads and then, in a burst of energy, spins across the railway in a close spiralling form. Woven into those lines are routes for pedestrians and landscape. The Weave, like DNA, spins several sequences and multiple narratives.

Client:

University of Pennsylvania

Design team:

Balmond Studio