Remember the Liberty Pedestrian Bridge? Well its architect, Jeff Jordan Architects, just won an award for the visionary project. The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects recognized the firm with an Honor Award in the Unbuilt category.
From the press release:
While Jersey City and New York City are only separated by few miles, travelers are currently forced to take circuitous routes to travel between the two cities. Rising from the abandoned ruins of the Pennsylvania Railway Embankment in Jersey City, the Liberty Pedestrian Bridge would extend over the Hudson River directly into Battery Park in Lower Manhattan. The Liberty Pedestrian Bridge would be a 5,000-foot long, 200-foot high bridge, providing an elevated park experience and views of both Jersey City and Manhattan to pedestrians and bikers.
“We are excited to receive an honor award for our design of the Liberty Pedestrian Bridge, which we think would create a unique and exciting experience for tourists and commuters who travel between the two cities,” said Jeff Jordan, Principal of Jeff Jordan Architects, LLC. “The design is only the first step toward making this connection between Jersey City and Manhattan come to life, but we’re hopeful that it will capture the imagination and help make the bridge a reality.”
The two-level bridge is envisioned as a pair of interwoven paths contained within a box truss frame. The unique paths are woven together horizontally and vertically with this physical make-up reinforcing their structural integrity. The lower level concrete path is partially protected from the elements by the upper-level wooden path to help facilitate more pleasant, weather-protected commuting. The exposed path takes advantage of dramatic views and an outward focus. The design also includes areas of greenery, integrated seating and several cafes and shops.
“The visionary design conceptualized by Jeff Jordan Architects is truly inspirational and speaks to the broad value of architecture, even in its unbuilt state,” said Justin Mihalik, AIA, president of AIA-NJ. “Through the power of design, the Liberty Pedestrian Bridge has been transformed from the realm of words and ideas to a concrete vision of the project that can be honed and refined through open public discourse, and whose merits can now be compared with other essential infrastructure projects.”
Learn more about the project here: Liberty Bridge
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