Valkenburgh Unveils Designs for Gateway Arch in US

27 January 2011 (Last Updated January 27th, 2011 18:30)

New York-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates has unveiled a $500m proposal to revamp the park surrounding the Gateway Arch in Missouri, the tallest man-made monument in the US. The revamp plan includes incorporating aerial gondolas across the Mississippi River, closing Memorial D

New York-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates has unveiled a $500m proposal to revamp the park surrounding the Gateway Arch in Missouri, the tallest man-made monument in the US.

The revamp plan includes incorporating aerial gondolas across the Mississippi River, closing Memorial Drive, a 4,646m² expansion of the Arch museum with a futuristic entrance, a new amphitheatre, a bird sanctuary, and pedestrian and bicycle paths between the Arch and downtown St Louis.

The plan also proposes a carousel, a beer garden, restaurants, a fountain and handicapped accessible ramps.

The foundation, CityArchRiver2015 planning the project, hopes to complete the work by 28 October 2015, the 50th anniversary of the topping of the Arch, according to Reuters.

Completed in 1965, the 630ft Arch was designed by architect Eero Saarinen.