The University of Missouri hired International Architects Atelier to design a pedestrian bridge to traverse the heavily traveled Highway 63/College Avenue. Due to highway safety regulations which require a fully enclosed overpass, the challenge was to design an unobtrusive structure for drivers while also providing an aesthetically pleasing experience for pedestrians.
The resulting design solution, first and foremost, provides safety to faculty, students, and drivers. The bridge offers a secure passage for those traversing the highway between the eastern and main areas of the campus, which previously averaged more than 500 dangerous and illegal crossings per day.
IAA addressed both the aesthetic, and pedestrian and driver visibility concerns through the use of a minimal steel framework and delicate roof form, along with a perforated metal cladding and generous, yet subdued lighting, illuminating and providing nighttime security throughout the walkway interior.
The integration of a radial approaching path, allowed for a natural progression, handicap accessible, and bicycle-friendly approach to the bridge, as well as the incorporation of a new ampitheatre. Its placement at this prominent location invokes a sense of community on, providing areas for students to congregate, lounge, study and dine outdoors. The space can also host assemblies, concerts and performances, comfortably seating 500 people.