Crook Point Bascule Bridge: Ideas Competition

2020

The Crook Point Bascule Bridge Ideas Competition sought to solicit visions to reimagine the historic steel railway drawbridge that once connected Providence’s Fox Point neighborhood to the City of East Providence across the Seekonk River.

Isidor Studio collaborated on a team with project lead Goode Landscape Studio and A TON studio to develop a future vision for one of Providence's most iconic landscapes. Our proposed design revives the site as a functional bridge to serve as a pedestrian and bike greenway that connects the cultural and environmental hubs of the East Bay Bike Path, Gano Park, India Point Park, East Providence, Downtown Providence, and Fox Point.

Our vision characterized the corridor into five zones of activity, each appealing to a diverse range of interests and accessibility—(1) The Tunnel, (2) The Junction, (3) The Meet (4) The Switch, and (5) the Branchline Cove. The proposed design retains the popular and defining characteristic of the original Crook Point Bridge, Bascule, and rail with its historic relics and  iconic gritty material quality that has accumulated since its closure. This is Bridge’s identity. Overall, our vision prosed to amplify and intensify this history and renew a sense of place by combining these relics with a flexible contemporary design.

Info

Status
Competition entry, November 2020
Location
Providence, RI
Medium
Landscape design
Team
Goode Landscape Studio [Design Lead]
A TON Studio [Collaborator]
Isidor Studio [Collaborator]
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger [Consultant]
Contributions
schematic design, collaborative visioning, mapping, writing