A few weeks ago, we featured Arhitektura d.o.o‘s second place entry for a footbridge in Maribor competition. Here’s another proposal by Toronto-based Ja Studio in collaboration with Tadj-Farzin Studio that revisits the idea of the bridge as a multi-functional urban surface. The 150 meter long bridge, fit for cycling and walking, resolves its geometry between the structural issues of crossing and spanning and the functional opportunities that may potentially arise from the structural necessities.
More images and more about the proposal after the break.
The architects felt the bridge’s proximity of the existing bridges over Drava along Lent Tabor embankment provided an opportunity for the new bridge to become more of landmark and a vibrant urban surface engage with the water’s edge. The 15m wide undulating surface creates a variety of experiential conditions and provides the structural stability for the project.
Users can interact with the water and partake in a variety of activities. ”The range of possible interaction of people and water becomes infinite. People’s spontaneous use of this urban surface would turn the bridge to an urban spectacle.”
Wood decking covers the bridge and morphs into steps for access, and sloped surfaces on the steep conditions. The single surface areas will be protected from public access by a combination of steel tube guardrails. The ridge of the surface is a horizontal pathway that forms a datum for the bridge and connects the two sides of the bridge.
A nice touch is the bottom of the bridge – the mirror finished copper roofing sheets that clad the underside of the footbridge protect the structure of the bridge and reflect the Drava ripples and the colors of historic Maribor clay tile roofs.
As seen on Bustler