Suspended campsite on the Chain of Rocks Bridge in St. Louis
Crystallizing through the trusses of the Chain of Rocks Bridge is a 'campsite' that serves passerbys looking for
a unique place to stay. Occupants experience subliminal conditions when crossing different thresholds during
ascent,as if traveling across a frigid, tessellated cloud. The structure is simultaneously earthbound, suspended
in the bridge's trusses just as sediments in the Mississippi River below suspend indefinitely in cold waters.
Washington University in St. Louis
arch 311 / Fall 2018
Instructed by Kelley Murphy
This project began with an ice crystallization experiment. Distinct freezing patterns resulted by varying the water's impurity and sediment content. The idea that crystallization patterns in nature depend upon the environment from which they formed served as an answer for the dwellings' emergent relationship with the bridge's trusses.
The exploration of impurities in water from the ice crystallization was continued on a macroscale level in a site analysis. The Chain of Rocks Bridge is located at a significant turning point in the Mississippi River's sedimental composition. Impurities and sediments directly morphed the river overtime ever since the Ice Ages. Acknowledging this, the campsite aesthetically abstracts sedimentation and crystallization patterns at a turning point of the bridge where the road bends. ">