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Williamsburg Bridge New York, New York

Most great bridge designs of the world have been enhanced with the input of architectural consultants. The opportunities to make the Williamsburg Bridge replacement a spectacular landmark was clearly recognized by the engineering team early on.  Der Scutt Architect was invited by DRC Consultants to enhance the unusual structure.

The towers would be sheathed in five-foot-by-seven-foot reflective panels with fine silicon joints, giving the appearance of a warm, cinnamon-colored reflective jewel in the East River, bringing a new elegance and new life to the surrounding areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn.  Each of the bridge’s two 456-foot-high towers culminates in a graceful inverted triangular structure that are not only important visually, but have a practical purpose as well.  Each tower will house an important public service.  The Brooklyn tower, with its breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, will house a two-story restaurant.  The Manhattan tower will house a historic bridge museum, chronicling the history of New York’s great bridges.

No where else in the world would there be a place such as this, with its singularly beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline.  It would prove to be an important New York Landmark attracting tourists from all around the world.

Because governmental financing was not concluded, the project was abandoned.

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge, rendering

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge, rendering

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge, restaurant

Williamsburg Bridge

Williamsburg Bridge, view from Brooklyn drawing