Chihuly Bridge of Glass

Tacoma, WA

A collaboration with renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly gave rise to the Bridge of Glass. Through the synthesis of art and architecture, we sought to create an enduring and experiential public landmark for the city of Tacoma.
The Vision

Our design concept accommodates the display of three different Chihuly installations within a grid framework organized along the length of this five hundred foot long pedestrian bridge.

  • Glass Artist

    Chihuly Studio

  • Structural Engineer

    Chalker Putnam Collins & Scott (PCS Structural Solutions)

  • Electrical Engineer

    Hultz/BHU Consulting Engineers

  • Lighting Consultant

    Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design Inc.

  • Mechanical Engineer

    EEA Consulting Engineers

  • Specifications

    Eskilsson Architecture

  • Construction Administration

    Thomas Cook Reed Reinvald Architects

  • Design Assist / Contractor


  • Photographer

    Tim Hursley

9515 Chihuly Bridge of Glass X Tim Hursley V Approach


When crossing the bridge, visitors encounter the luminous ceiling of the Seaform Pavilion, the bright blue Crystal Towers, and the cabinet-like grid display of the Venetian Wall.


The bridge creates an intimate scene inviting visitors to explore the glass in its purest form. The wall and roof structures house the displays for the artwork, shelter distractions from the railway and highway traffic below, and filter natural light.


The bridge links Tacoma's four major cultural institutions: The Washington State History Museum, Union Station, The Tacoma Art Museum, and the neighboring Museum of Glass.

“I wanted the bridge to have the same type of impact on the viewer, whether it was near or far, light or dark. That is one of the real successes of the bridge, that constant sense of "wow".”

Dale Chihuly, glass artist

Project Team
  • Arthur W. Andersson, FAIA

  • F. Christian Wise, AIA

  • Adam Pyrek

  • Vincent Moccia

  • Vision 20/20 Award - Puget Sound Regional Council - Chihuly Bridge of Glass

    Puget Sound Regional Council

  • Best Special Project - Washington State Department of Transportation - Chihuly Bridge of Glass

    Washington State Department of Transportation

  • Citation of Honor Award - American Institute of Architects, Austin Chapter - Chihuly Bridge of Glass

    American Institute of Architects, Austin Chapter

  • Award of Merit - Illumination Design Award, Golden Gate Section - Illuminating Engineering Society - Chihuly Bridge of Glass

    Illuminating Engineering Society