This is a great example of playful, yet smart design that I think will be really successful as a piece of infrastructure as well as civic identity. NEXT architects designed the Melkwegbrug bridge in the Netherlands to accomodate pedestrian, bike, and water traffic (the lower bridge splits and pivots) and to connect the older part of Purmerend with the new. I think it is beautifully executed as a sculptural form (and quite diagrammatic in organization), but it is also clever in providing varied experiences. Low speed = high elevation (and view), and vice versa. Users will play on this bridge without even knowing they are using a piece of infrastructure. I think really successful infrastructural public works , Like Ghery's bridge in Millenium Park or Weis Manfredi's Olympic Sculpture Park, are such a joy to use you don't even know they are providing a very utilitarian function. Nicely done.
Woolmai House by Kerstin Thompson Architects. Quite nice. And of course, out of Australia
Finally found the time to edit the week's worth of video I took before leaving Chicago. Go to Vimeo for HD. I miss the city and especially the people already. I should have made way more edits while I lived there, but this last week was a great one that really encapsulates a lot of my (non-winter) time there.