Bridge From Recycled Grids / Aristide Antonas

courtesy of Aristide Antonas

Once again, our friend Architect Aristide Antonas surprises us with a wonderful project, this time in London. The design is really interesting but also the way he work the infographics, all in black and with, very sober and austere.

Hope you enjoy as much as I did looking at the project and understanding it!

The new construction for the city bridge is constituted by recycled grid surfaces. Most of them can be provided by the city’s equipment; the same suppliers that produce the London Underground grids of the city are called to produce some new pieces while some other existing grids are recycled. The structure is organized by frames that can receive and support common grid surfaces. Many of the places provided by the proposal are open-air places and semi-opened ones. The horizontal surfaces and some vertical ones are closed by a “second” glass layer if this is needed. An open air market (conceived as a continuation of the premier food market in London, Borough Market, located very close to the bridge), including except its market spots, restaurants and coffee shops, as the Borough Market itself, is proposed for the level of the bridge’s deck . Expanded to the upper floors we find gallery spaces, projection rooms and multiple show rooms. Some offices can also be organized in some parts of the building. The pier is also designed as a grid structure.

courtesy of Aristide Antonas

The project is not composed as a finished organized form but as a possibility of creating different forms produced through an elaborated system of supporting frames. The bridge can be partially mantled and dismantled in different ways depending to the program it is supposed to cover. The proposition provides a system of mantling the frames and a modal way of filling the empty places with recycled material or trivial grids from the London Underground.


courtesy of Aristide Antonas
courtesy of Aristide Antonas

Two lines of metal frames are dividing the bridge in three long zones and serve as the main supporting structures of the new construction. New intense perspective views are introduced through this longitudinal division. The light construction that creates the floors permits possible settings for enclosed or open air space strategies depending to every possible different proposition strategy. Parts of the bridge’s deck can also be displayed in different levels in order to form separate space entities.

Design: Aristide Antonas Collaborator: Katerina Koutsogianni

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Cite: Ethel Baraona Pohl. "Bridge From Recycled Grids / Aristide Antonas" 04 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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