Helen Morgan

San Francisco's Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

by , 02/21/14


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While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on how to recycle the parts, this winning design was announced. Bay Bridge House will become a museum and an apartment that will be rented via Airbnb to cover costs.

The design itself is intriguing. The ‘mini-bridge’ concept will use a huge amount of steel – enough to build around 1,600 cars – for the frame, while the floors will be built using the former pavement. Lane markers will still be included, giving it a playful edge that ensures nobody will forget the building’s history. As well as reusing these materials, the design will have an array of sustainable features, such as rainwater recycling, solar energy, and a green roof. In the end, the home is expected to earn a LEED green building certification.

Where the Bay Bridge House will be erected remains unknown. But with so much heavy material to shift, the bridge shouldn’t be going too far from home.

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Via Fast CoExist

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  1. Dan Rezaiekhaligh February 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    This is the thing AirBNB was trying to avoid, rental properties. The concept was you rent out your flat or a room. Now it’s just getting lost.

    I like the concept of the house but I find it shocking it is a better deal to recycle steel on the other side of the planet. It begs the question of how many carbon units does that at in just transport.

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