Sava Footbridge / Peter Gabrijelčič + Peter Koren

© Miran Kambič

Authors: mag. Peter Gabrijelčič, u.d.i.a., ing.
Location: Radovljica,
Investor: DRSC
Construction year: 2007
Photographer: Miran Kambič, Dejan Simčič

sketch 02
© Miran Kambič

The bridge built over the Sava canyon at Bled is intended for hikers – so that hikers can stop for a moment, experience new views, become aware of nature, breathe with the water, glance at the reflection of the moving stars at night and hear the river murmuring. It is a bridgewhere the world stops for a moment. A slight inclination, not easily perceptible, a shift in the axis of motion, a subtle backward surge – its motion being checked by the ends of the bridge on each side – and in an audacious trajectory the bridgeleaps from one bank to another.

© Dejan Simčič

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Cite: "Sava Footbridge / Peter Gabrijelčič + Peter Koren" 18 May 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=60313>

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    It’s an inoffensive little bridge, but certainly nothing special – look at the incredibly dull elevation! The first sketch sums it up really… Functional and unexciting. Hardly “audacious”, let’s be honest. I like it though – there’s nothing wrong with it, it just isn’t exciting.

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    Its simple, thin, nice to look at and does its purpose well enough. what else can you expect from a pedonal bridge ?

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    Being exciting is a problem nowadays.

    In pursuit of this excitement too often unreasonable and purely formalistic means have been taken. I cannot imagine a more exciting project in this lazytown than this one. You have one pure form, which obviously is a unique construction, in pictures – the footbridge becomes really thin in the middle, i do not know, this is less than 50 cm?? And it perfectly fits in to the environment (green and white)and also communicating with old bridge.

    A very nice contextual project… More exacting of course would be a nice zaha hadid like project with eight octopuslike pillars… But for what reason?

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    i’d be happy to be biking on this one day. very well done – in my opinion.

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    You’d be disappointed. The surface was very slippery some time ago. The other problem is its shape with the narrowest part in the middle. Cyclists drive quite fast because the bridge is the lowest point of about 1 km slope leading to the river. And then with some 40 km/h or more there is someone in front of you in the narrowest part of the bridge to

    “stop for a moment, experience new views, become aware of nature, breathe with the water, glance at the reflection of the moving stars at night and hear the river murmuring…”

    … and you on the slippery surface need very good brakes to aviod the crash, otherwise there are many more moving stars afterwards for you too!

    I’m sorry, it’s too narrow.

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