The modern Arganzuela Footbridge in Madrid, Spain

By : Mark V | 27 Nov 2011 9:47 am | Bridges, Infrastructure

The new Arganzuela Footbridge is an amazing new piece of architecture from Madrid, located above the Manzanares River to offer access to the new Arganzuela park. Dominique Perrault designed the bridge that looks like two conical shapes brought together and wrapped in metallic ribbons that seem to spiral down the structure.

The footbridge offers view of the well known Toledo Bridge and daylight and rain are captured with the use of screens installed on the footbridge. There were once two embankment roads that were removed to make way for the new Arganzuela Park and the footbridge acts like a link between the left and right bank of the river.

The highest point of the bridge is represented by a small hill and the structure is made out of steel,being supported by two pillars on every end. The diameter of the bridge varies from 5 to 12 meters while the pedestrian bridge is 250 meters long. The pedestrian shade is offered by the metal screens that smeel to coil around the exterior.

The design of the structure is sustainable, allowing daylight and rain to fall over the park. The base of the footpath has wooden slats and the area is illuminated at night with the help of interior lighting. The work ended in April and the bridge and park are both favoured by locals in their walks.

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