Motril Footbridge / Guijón Arquitectura

© Fernando Alda

Architects: Guijón Arquitectura  – Angel Gijón Díaz, Vicente Guallart Furió
Location: Entorno Urbano De la Alcoholera, Motril, Granada,
Collaborators: Maria Diaz, Mónica Luque, Fernando Meneses, Daniela Frogheri, Andrea Imaz, Adrian Martin Munoz, Manolo Matin Munoz
Projet year: 2010-2011
Photographs: Fernando Alda


© Fernando Alda

The proposal meets the pedestrian continuity between the gardens of the Explanadas and the Park Pueblos de las Américas, bridging the difference in height between these two areas and freeing the passage of the Avenue Virgen de la Cabeza, main entrance city traffic.

The structures have been used are organic hexagonal design which allows easy adaptation to the surrounding environment, from host in its structure existing trees and adapt on the slopes to facilitate pedestrian traffic, allowing the movement of persons with motor disabilities .

© Fernando Alda

The support of these structures are based on the lower bound for the Avenue, to emerge as ways to strengthen the gateway tree and at its upper bound. The conditions that have been taken into account are derived from the road shot, whichever save a minimum height of 5m gauge across the width of the Avenue.

The structure was built with steel of varying thickness, so that the cutting and folding of the thin surface to create a continuous structural element gap. The clearances of the structure have been closed on its upper face by opaque surfaces that allow pedestrian traffic. In its lower face seals are sandwiched glazed incorporating LEDs, which allow both an illumination of the structure and the Avenue.

structure 01

The manufacturing process of the structures, continues with advanced manufacturing systems in which the architect must produce all the cutting of their projects through the programs of parametric design and scripting.

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Cite: "Motril Footbridge / Guijón Arquitectura" 29 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • Tom Peeters

    it’s a shame it looks so very heavy

  • H-J

    It looks like it could handle a freight-train…