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Rumble Fish [Taylor Yard Pedestrian Crossing]

Studio Pali Fekete Architects

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Ann Margaret, Studio Pali Fekete architects [SPF:a]

Project Name

Rumble Fish [Taylor Yard Pedestrian Crossing]


400 sq. feet


City of Los Angeles


  • Landscape Architect: Hood Design
  • Structural Engineer: Arup

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Project Description

As one of the first in the new generation of crossings at the Los Angeles River, Rumble Fish (Taylor Yard Pedestrian Crossing) provides the most elegant solution for a bridge over the LA river. Influenced by railway bridges, 20th century architecture and the case study houses in LA, the bridge appears to be floating above the river, overlooking the variety of flora and fauna and wildlife.

Rumble Fish marks the threshold of the river and the act of its crossing by drawing attention to the change in elevation from one bank to the next. The change in elevation creates different skewed perspective views on both sides of the river, as the bridge is angled upwards towards Taylor Yard within the parallel box truss that lies above the river, creating an experience as users pass through the bridge.

Rumble Fish provides a bridge with minimal impact to the riverbed while maintaining an elegant simplicity and lightness that harkens back to the industrial and infrastructural role of the Los Angeles River. The bridge will be an aesthetically distinctive, cost-effective contemporary bridge, designed to be efficiently constructed also requiring a minimum amount of maintenance. The design minimizes the disruption of the waterway as well as minimizes structural supports in the river facilitating construction.
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