To connect a musical conservatory to its parking across a river, Harmony Crossings was designed. In order to create a visually memorable  entrance to the property and to excite younger audience members, three iconic instruments lent their identity to the bridge’s composition. The main circulation across the river takes place along the keys of a grand piano who’s recognizable top makes a charming viewing terrace with loose seating. To add verticality to the bridge and to make this an accessible experience that can be enjoyed by anyone, the flute represents the winds and houses an elevator.  The third and final instrument woven into Harmony Crossings is the star of the strings, the violin. The graceful neck of the violin spans straight out, over the river. The neck provides a location for both the keyboard and the flute to connect to the elevated entrance to the conservatory. The strings provide mounting locations for shading structures in the summer and the head of the violin is a playful viewing shelter directly over the river that provides uninterrupted views both up and down the water. The trio of instruments involved in this project brings unique, but complementary forms and materiality to the bridge. Harmony Crossings acts as a portal to music and serves to welcome the next generation of music lovers.

Professor: Christopher Dennis, Jill Palmer-Wood
Software: SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Micron Pens


Physical model and hand drawings