Last year, the new east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened to traffic
. But with a new shiny portion of the bridge comes the end of an era for the now retired portion of the east span of the Bay Bridge. Demolition is now underway
The idea: turn scraps from the bridge into a house. Something like this:
But not just any house. Grieshaber envisions renting out The Bay Bridge House
using the San Francisco-based resident rental service Airbnb, according to Fast Company
. Income generated from the rental will be used to run an on-site museum about the bridge. As the Bay Bridge House website explains
, the ultimate goal is to preserve the bridge's history:
[A] piece of our history will be gone forever. Some of the bridge should remain behind for future generations to enjoy. There are plans for pieces in Gateway Park, maybe a pier with a view where the bridge once was and even talks of pieces in a museum. We think that something more creative should be done with some of the scrap. Let’s use a few small sections and create the most modern self-sustaining housing and eco multi-use space in the world.
But dreaming up that vision might just be the easiest part. The Bay Bridge House project has already chosen a design, called Hanging House
, from designers at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture.
Grieshaber is not a man I envy.
This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com