Arganzuela Footbridge
© Miguel de Guzman/DPA/ADAGP

Arganzuela Footbridge

Dominique Perrault Architecture as Architects

The burying underground of the highway that ran along the river banks of the Manzanares river provided the opportunity to openup a new urban territory to the inhabitants of Madrid: the Manzanares Park. A series of bridges over the river will allow crossing from oneside of the park to the other. Designed to link the neighborhoods on the right and left banks of the river, the Arganzuela Footbridge will be thelongest of all the bridges to be built. The bridge will be for both pedestrians and cyclists. The footbridge enables people to cross from one sideof the park to the other and gives also direct access to the park below. Cone like in structure, the bridge has two interlocking metal spirals,wrapped by a metallic ribbon. Spaced wooden slats make up the floor of the bridge, allowing the rays of the sun to penetrate through to thepark below. The cones’ geographic location creates a belvedere over the park and the surrounding city as well as an exceptional locationfrom which to admire the famous Toledo Bridge. Shaded during the day, the promenade becomes luminous at night.

Pasarelas del Arganzuela

GKD Metal Fabrics as Enclosures

The design of this footbridge features tapering spiral forms of shimmering GKD Escale metal fabric. The transparent metal mesh surrounds the bridge from end to end in a helical design, a metaphor for the increasingly close association between two parts of the city separated by the river Manzanares.

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