South Street Bridge South Street Bridge / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

South Street Bridge

Mesh: Scale
Attachment: Railway cable attachment system
"[The mesh] gave the bridge a soft glow at night, while maintaining the openness desired by the design team and community."
- Bruce Chamberlin, H2L2 Architects/Planners, LLC
  • Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Year Completed: 2012
  • End Use: Transportation
  • Architect: H2L2 Architects/Planners, LLC
  • Engineer: Gannett Fleming - Camp Hill, PA
  • Construction Manager: Driscoll Construction Company, Inc. - Philadelphia, PA
  • Installer: L&S Erectors - Litchfield, OH
  • Owner: City of Philadelphia


Woven metal mesh handrails reflect the color-changing LEDs housed in glass river towers, which also serve as scenic overlooks from the South Street Bridge over the Schuylkill River to downtown Philadelphia. The bridge serves to connect the bustling South Street community, siphoning approximately 30,000 users to the rest of the city, past the modern architectural mesh system of Scale-patterned handrail systems.


The reflective lighting of the LEDs from the river towers on to the surface of the handrails lends a trendy aesthetic to the contemporary bridge. The durable and virtually maintenance-free nature of stainless steel mesh is only outshined by its functional design providing fall protection to pedestrians and cyclists, while also protecting motorists on streets below from falling objects.


Cambridge Architectural mesh systems provide a stylish look to otherwise standard components necessary for this type of infrastructure. Not only are the handrails attractive, they are composed of recycled materials and have a long lifecycle, an important factor to harsh climates that experience significant variations in weather and temperature.

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