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  3. AZPML + DFN Win Competition for Rippling Bridge in Bellinzona, Switzerland

AZPML + DFN Win Competition for Rippling Bridge in Bellinzona, Switzerland

AZPML + DFN Win Competition for Rippling Bridge in Bellinzona, Switzerland
AZPML + DFN Win Competition for Rippling Bridge in Bellinzona, Switzerland, Spring Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Spring Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML

The team of AZPML + DFN has won a competition for the design of the Passerella Ex-Torretta, a new bridge spanning the Ticino River in Bellinzona, Switzerland. The bridge will connect two existing medieval structures, the Torretta tower to the west of the river and medieval arcades on the eastern bank, and will provide a gradual 6% slope to allow for pedestrian and bicycle access.

Spring Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML Summer Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML Winter Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML Views. Image Courtesy of AZPML + 12

Summer Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Summer Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML

The bridge design draws inspiration from the “organic geometry of the waves” in the river, employing an undulating sinusoidal structure to retain a respectful and graceful profile.

“Our project aims to respect and enhance the natural beauty of the fluvial context of the Ticino River. Our intention has been not only to minimize the visual impact of the bridge in the natural landscape, but also to create a visual resonance with the meanders and the ripples of the moving water surface of the Ticino River,” said the architects in a press release.

Shape Diagram. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Shape Diagram. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Elevation 1-250. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Elevation 1-250. Image Courtesy of AZPML

The bridge was shaped through 3 contextual conditions. First, its position between and respect for the two existing medieval structures. Secondly, to place structural supports to minimize the transfer of loads to preexisting structures. And thirdly, for the bridge structure to react to the varying conditions pedestrians will experience as they pass over the river.

Views. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Views. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Geometry Relations. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Geometry Relations. Image Courtesy of AZPML

The structure is located below the deck at points where enhancement of the connection to the surrounding context is desired, such as in the center of the river, and located above the deck where the environment is more aggressive, when the bridge reaches the canopy height of the trees along the bank.

“The design of the bridge is defined according to the structural behavior as well as the experience of the pedestrians, alternating along its trajectory between an integrative and protective structural section,” explain the architects.

Views. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Views. Image Courtesy of AZPML

The budget for the project is estimated to reach €4.5 millions. A timetable for construction has not yet been released.

News via AZPML.

Winter Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML
Winter Perspective. Image Courtesy of AZPML
  • Architects

  • Location

    Bellinzona, Switzerland
  • AZPML+DFN

    Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Maider Llaguno Munitxa, Dario Franchini, Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal, Ivaylo Nachev, Manuel Eijo, Robert Berenguer, Paolo Toldo, Andrea Sanchez, Xiani Wang
  • Client

    Dipartimento del Territorio - Bellinzona
  • Budget

    € 4.5 million
  • Consultants

    AR&PA Engineering + Pianifica Ingegneri
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Patrick Lynch. "AZPML + DFN Win Competition for Rippling Bridge in Bellinzona, Switzerland" 25 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/800220/azpml-plus-dfn-win-competition-for-rippling-bridge-in-bellinzona-switzerland/> ISSN 0719-8884