Sunday, December 11, 2011

Simone de Beauvoir Footbridge / By Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Paris, France
Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Post By:Kitticoon Poopong
Photo © Courtesy of Jo Pesendorfer--Overall view
The pedestrian bridge with a length of 304 meters links the new districts of Paris- Bercy and Tolbiac - and at the same time the new national french library with the Park Tolbiac.

Photo © Courtesy of Jo Pesendorfer--General view
Photo © Courtesy of Jo Pesendorfer--General view
Flying above the busy freeways which track the Seine, the footbridge touches down on the quayside promenades and links the public plaza of the National Library with the new Bercy Park beyond the river, thus ensuring the centre-stage role of the Seine which it plays in the heart of Paris. Different to the average 100 meters in the city centre, the Seine has here a width of 150 meters. The two existing bridges in a distance of 700 meters delimit the «Bassin de Bercy». The new footbridge maintains the coherence of this unusually open Parisian space by reaching across the river in a single, continuous span, without intermediate supports.
Photo © Courtesy of Jo Pesendorfer--People walking with view of library
Photo © Courtesy of Jo Pesendorfer--General view with view of library
Photo © Courtesy of Jo Pesendorfer--People walking
The pedestrian bridge associates architecture and structure inseparably. Two arches constitute the geometry of the bridge, the tender form answers to the strictness of the architectural environment. These arches are structure and pathfare at the same time. They compose a wide spanned rope and bow. The criss-crossing of the pathways permits different ways to cross the bridge and at the same time the free span of 194 meters. The overlay of the two force lines matches with the path-network.
Photo © Courtesy of Jo Pesendorfer--Crossing of walkways
Photo © Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes--Public space under the bridge
Photo © Courtesy of David Boureau--Public space under the bridge
Several possibilities linked with different perspectives are offered to the pedestrian while crossing the bridge. Three paths succeed along the arch and the bow. The middle alongside the bow reveals the view of Notre Dame and historic Paris. The rope guides near to the riverside. Rope and bow produce an “eye” in the central section of the bridge. It offers a unique space over the water, to be intended as tribune for events on the water. The lower level of the lens forms a plaza 12 m wide and 65 m long which, enlivened by kiosks, cafes and other temporary installations. It invites the pedestrian to pause mid-route. The central deck, forming the upper part of the lens, protects these activities. The central piece anchors the bridge visually in the landscape, giving rise to a unique public space. The bridge is composed of three parts. It comprises a main central span across the Seine, coupled with two side spans across the urban freeways to either side, connected to the French National Library and the Tolbiac Park.
Photo © Courtesy of David Boureau--Night view
Photo © Courtesy of David Boureau--Night view
Photo © Courtesy of David Boureau--Night view
The decks are clad in striated oak, with non slip inserts. The filling of the balustrades are made of stainless steel nets stretched vertically between the extruded aluminium handrail and a guiding rod at the bottom. The net is transparent but sufficient visible to convey a good sense of security. The illumination is integrated in the handrails. It underlines the outstanding silhouette of the bridge.
Photo © Courtesy of Jo Pesendorfer--Detail
By its innovative construction, the pedestrian bridge adopts the Parisian bridge tradition.
Description from the Architects:
sections--drawing © Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Video:Simone de Beauvoir Footbridge / By Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Project Data
Project name: Simone de Beauvoir Footbridge
Location: Paris, France
Program: 304 m Pedestrian bridge linking Paris- Bercy and Tolbiac
Total length: 304 m
Clear span: 194 m
Didth: 6-12 m
Pedestrians surface: 3,800 m2
Competition year: 09/1998, 1st Prize
Beginning of studies: 06/1999
Beginning of works: 06/2004
Delivery: 07/2006
Cost: € 21,000,000
Structure: Steel

The people
Client / Owner: City of Paris, SAGP, DONS
Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Principal desinger: Dietmar Feichtinger
Assistance: Barbara Feichtinger-Felber, Christian Pichler, Marta Mendonça, Bernardo Bader, Montse Ferres, Armelle Lavalou, Eddie Young, Woytek Sepiol, Caroline Djuric, Mario Lins Models: Christan Pichler, Bernardo Bader, Frank Hinterleithner
Detail drawings: José-Luis Fuentes, Marta Mendonça, Christian Pichler, Ulrike Plos, Guy Deshayes, Claire Bodenez, Simone Breitkopf
Site management: José-Luis Fuentes
Engineering: RFR Ingénierie
Metal framework leader: Eiffel Constructions Métalliques.
Metal framework partner: Joseph Paris SA
Special foundations (structural works, external works): Solétanche Bachy France
Metalwork: SNST
Electricity, lighting: Forclum
Lifts: Etna Fapel
Wood planking: CM Leduc
Painting: Borifer
Photographs: © Courtesy of Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes, Jo Pesendorfer, David Boureau

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