I have had another look at bridge houses, this time focusing on a bridge house by Stanley Saitowitz.
Despite the windows being great in number, they still frame views. There are two main "experiences" which the building focusses on. The first, the upper, North view, looks out to the expanse of a near by hill. The second, from the South facing lower level, is much more confined.
This design is somewhat similar to my own ideas of stretching across water and framing views. It does these differently to how I envision achieving them myself, but nonetheless it is interesting to see another design making use of similar ideas.