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  5. Safdie Rabines Architects
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  7. Des Moines Union Railway Bridge / Safdie Rabines Architects

Des Moines Union Railway Bridge / Safdie Rabines Architects

  • 00:00 - 26 February, 2011
Des Moines Union Railway Bridge / Safdie Rabines Architects
Des Moines Union Railway Bridge / Safdie Rabines Architects, © Max Kun Zhang
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Des Moines, IA, USA
  • Architect

    Safdie Rabines Architects
  • Civil/Structural/Electrical Engineer

    Stanley Consultants
  • Lighting

    RDG Planning & Design
  • Area

    385.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. Safdie Rabines Architects' restoration and rehabilitation of this original 1800’s railway bridge provides a new scenic bicycle and pedestrian link over the Des Moines River. The Des Moines Union Railway Bridge anchors the south end of the Des Moines’ Principal Riverwalk, which connects the east and west sides of downtown through a series of lighted and landscaped walking paths and bridges.

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© Max Kun Zhang

Further description and drawings after the break.

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© Max Kun Zhang

The Riverwalk’s design ties together numerous amenities that line the river’s banks, creating one cohesive riverfront experience. Glass guardrails and indirect lighting minimize visual additions to the bridge in order to preserve the beauty and integrity of the original structure. A new cantilever at the center of the bridge allows travelers to stop and enjoy the views midstream and partake in the age old Des Moines custom of fishing.

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Cite: "Des Moines Union Railway Bridge / Safdie Rabines Architects" 26 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/114622/des-moines-union-railway-bridge-safdie-rabines-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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