JOURNEY -‘passage through life’ (OED)
A bridge can be thought of as a simple means of connecting two points. This conception, in part, would be a banal reading of the masterplan. Our design both works with and transforms a utilitarian model by understanding the bridge as a journey space. The single straight line becomes two paths each with their own trajectories, one more direct and the other a detour; one of concrete and one of steel; one in compression, the other in tension.
The sensory experiences of a journey are also manifest in sonic qualities of footfall on steel plate and concrete, and the train-like sounds produced by the plate articulations. They amplify the transitory nature of the journey.
Externally the bridge functions initially as a datum point in the landscape, a kind of spirit level.