Short Walk, Long View
7th Ave & West 59th, NYC
Alex Li, James Coleman
The anecdotal evidence is overwhelming. Most offices are frustrating. They are loud, cramped, and generally unpleasant. What the bridge offers is a reprieve. It’s time to take back the lunch break. Grab a coffee, or just go for a walk, and be released from the shackles of the cubicle.
The structure is a double decker pedestrian bridge and urban observatory. Spanning 7th avenue, it is shared between two buildings in NYC. The design dignifies the office worker. In response to the stale mechanically conditioned air of the downtown office tower, the bridge offers open air relaxation and allows occupants to feel all the perks of the changing seasons – on their coffee break. Staring at a computer screen all day is boring and frankly not good for your eyes. The bridge is a place to let the eyes drift. One can study the beautifully exposed details, or let their eyes wander out to the horizon. In both directions one finds the best New York has to offer. To the south there’s a line of site down 7th avenue, completely unobscured for more nearly 50 blocks. To the north there’s an expansive view of central park. The only downside is that people may not want to go back to work.