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Metro Universal Pedestrian Bridge
Universal City, CA

Team

Bob Hale
Greg Kochanowski
Jakub Tejchman

Categories

Architecture
Civic
Visitors arriving by public transportation finally have a safe way to get from the MTA Metro station to the attractions and amenities of Universal City. This graceful arc is an elegant and efficient addition to the street’s infrastructure.

From the start, we envisioned the 347-foot-long span as a landmark entry point, and the first experience of the day for Universal visitors arriving on foot. The L-shaped bridge crosses both Lankershim Blvd. and the Campo de Cahuenga entry drive, maintaining the diagonal “desire” line for pedestrians without impeding car traffic or obscuring the Universal City marquee at the main entrance. Pedestrians may ascend to the bridge platform by escalator, stairs, or the elevator that already services the underground Universal City Red Line Metro station.
The bridge’s inverted truss shape keeps the platform open to the sky, while its sloped tubular steel railings and open webbed mesh enclosure make pedestrians feel safe during the crossing.

The walkway rises gently as it crosses Lankershim, delivering outstanding views of Universal City and the Hollywood Hills. It then descends just as gradually to the third tower across Universal City Drive. This slight change in elevation reinforces the sense of hovering above the street. Coordinated planting and paving tie the spaces into the rest of the Universal City street frontage.

The bridge opened in April, 2016, just in time for the unveiling of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a $500 million attraction three years in the making.
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