As attention shifted to the new section of the Bay Bridge, the old pieces were forgotten, put on the waiting list for the scrapyard. But one Bay Area resident, David Grieshaber, was convinced that there could be an alternate ending for the historic infrastructure—and the Bay Bridge House concept was born.
Bay Bridge in its vintage glory. Image via Bay Bridge House.
Shown in blue are the sections needed for this proposal. Image via FastCo.
This new proposal reimagines the beloved bridge’s steel trusses, road and girders as a multi-use space. Although the initial idea was to design a simple house, a student design competition revealed the massive potential for the site, resulting in a proposal that incorporates eco-housing, co-working space, exhibition space, and even Airbnb quarters.
Proposals for the Bay Bridge House. Images via Bay Bridge House.
Now comes the tedious job of turning proposal into reality. Greishaber describes the situation as “a bureaucratic nightmare," and he is currently gathering support in hopes of convincing the regional transportation agencies to hand over the 78-year-old structure.