On a gently sloping lot in the middle of a pine forest at the northern edge of Cuernavaca, Mexico, is a family compound with an addition conceptualized by local architect Alfredo Raymundo Cano Briceño of T3arc. Linked to the 1,300-square-foot main house by a glass-covered footbridge, the addition, which measures just under 500 square feet, includes three bedrooms and one bathroom.
Nestled into the hillside and largely concealed from view, the Richard Meier–designed Douglas House is accessed via a footbridge that leads to the house’s uppermost level. Upon entering, the visitor descends to the lower floors via a winding staircase. Photo by: Dean Kaufman
The buildings in an Austin house are connected by a glass-walled hallway that bridges a reflecting pool and water garden and there is an abundance of over-sized sliding windows, doors, and glass panels to blur the line between the built environment and the natural one. Photo by: Denise Prince Martin
An heir of the Dow Chemical fortune and a pupil at Taliesin, Alden B. Dow (1904–1983) lived most of his 79 years in Midland, Michigan. Over the course of a career that spanned five decades, he completed over 100 buildings there, including his own house and studio. He designed this ziggurat-like bridge in the surrounding gardens.
Rising to a catwalk above, a huge glass-and-steel central stair envisioned by the architect spans four floors of a renovated farmhouse in the Italian countryside. Photo by Helenio Barbetta.
A skybridge connects two halves of a house designed by late architect David Boone. The house hunches into the hill, perched on metal I-beams and concrete piers, nestled into a hillside with views of Mount Diablo. It’s about 2,800 square feet and consists of two identical slant-roofed boxes: an office, kitchen, and living room (in Boone’s day a bit of corporate entertaining certainly counted as billable hours) in one; bedrooms in the other with a studio below. Photo by Noah Webb
To discover more bridges, read our "Bridges We Love" story.