Bridge House

Bridge House

Bridge House

Birmingham, Alabama

In Progress

Located just minutes outside downtown Birmingham, AL in the heavily wooded neighborhood of Redmont Park, the Bridge House cantilevers above a deep rocky ravine, nestled in a lush forest canopy. The 4,400 sq.ft. single family home negotiates its difficult site by only touching the ground with a scant 650 sq.ft. footprint at the base of an insulated concrete form core. The primary living areas attach to this core, bridging to the road in one direction and cantilevering 56’ ft. in another. The seemingly physics-defying cantilever inverts the typical 1:2 length ratio, so often sited in sizing cantilever geometries. To achieve this gymnastic feat, a Vierendeel truss is balanced on a single structural column, acting as a fulcrum near the concrete core, which provides a massive counterweight.

The weather-steel clad façade belies a light-filled interior. Polished concrete and terrazzo floors tie interior and exterior spaces together across flush thresholds, while floor-to-ceiling window walls provide uninterrupted views of the surrounding treetops. Walls, ceilings, and custom millwork are all finished in bright cypress wood, giving living spaces a glowing warmth. Every surface is considered and detailed to achieve the clean lines and restrained sensibility of every space. 

Primarily situated on a single level (suspended 30’ above the forest floor) the home includes a spacious master suite, office, with kitchen, dining, and living areas filling the glass cantilever. A penthouse guest room sites opposite a three-season screened in porch, both of which have direct access to the rooftop splash pool.

Commissioned by return clients, the Bridge House balances highly refined details with structurally ambitious form. When complete, the home will stand as a testament to the rich long-term collaborations between client, architect, and engineers.

Project Type

Residential