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La Sallaz Footbridge / 2b architectes

  • 09:00 - 18 June, 2015
La Sallaz Footbridge / 2b architectes
La Sallaz Footbridge / 2b architectes, © Roger Frei, Zurich
© Roger Frei, Zurich

© Roger Frei, Zurich © 2b architectes, Lausanne © Roger Frei, Zurich © Roger Frei, Zurich +15

  • Architects

  • Location

    Passerelle de la Sallaz, 1010 Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2b Team

    Ph.Béboux, S.Bender, T.Borges, T.Auffret-Postel, M.Buxton, G.Warnking, G.Garcier
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

  • Client

    City of Lausanne
  • Construction management

    Monod-Piguet + 2b, Lausanne
  • Structural engineer

    Monod-Piguet, Lausanne
  • Landscape architect

    Cécile Albana Presset, Lausanne
  • More SpecsLess Specs
© 2b architectes, Lausanne
© 2b architectes, Lausanne

From the architect. The pedestrian bridge between the Metro station and the Bois de Sauvabelin creates a connection between the urban plateau and the artificial natural landscape of le Vallon.

Plan © 2b architectes, Lausanne
Plan © 2b architectes, Lausanne

The duality of different geometries at the location, the quadrangular construction on the square compared to the so- called “natural” character of le Vallon, becomes a leitmotif for the bridge construction. Depending on the perception from the different perspectives, i. e. whether one crosses over the bridge as a pedestrian, or under it as a car driver, the design presents its play of criss-crossing lines between the square and the street, thereby shifting them together into a characteristic form.

© Roger Frei, Zurich
© Roger Frei, Zurich

To announce its dual role as a new gateway into the city and as a connecting element for slower traffic, the design uses the two complementary materials of wood and concrete. This provides solutions for the statics, while the interplay between specific material properties creates contrasting atmospheres for the car drivers rushing by below and the pedestrians crossing the heart of the bridge above.

© Roger Frei, Zurich
© Roger Frei, Zurich
Section © 2b architectes, Lausanne
Section © 2b architectes, Lausanne
© Roger Frei, Zurich
© Roger Frei, Zurich

On the opposite side, the construction rests on the mound of rubble created while the Metro was being constructed. There, the atmospherically charged course is continued over the ramp, leading downwards in a large spiral through the dense ornamental shrubbery. 

© Roger Frei, Zurich
© Roger Frei, Zurich
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