By Hans Baldauf, Principal, BCV Architects.
After years of planning, design and construction we are now able to enjoy the new east span of the Bay Bridge. Last night my wife Marian, our children Fritz and Liesl and I had the pleasure of being among the first to cross the span at 10:15 pm when the bridge opened.
The new bridge designed by Donald McDonald is dramatic- the experience of driving through this new landmark makes us look forward to the day our work on designing the town center for Treasure Island (in collaboration with SOM, Perkins + Will, Hornberger + Wurstell, Page + Turnbull) comes to life. We have always seen this new place with the backdrop of the new eastern span, a span that did not exist when we created the masterplan.
A first small step will begin with the relocation of the old Quarters Ten. Quarters Ten is a historic landmark that will be moved to construct the new Yerba Buena off ramps. BCV was tasked with envisioning a new siting of this modernist jewel box. The house was originally designed with a view of the eastern span abutment, we have reinterpreted this by orienting the newly relocated Quarters Ten with an axial view of the new eastern span tower.