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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Footbridge Over the Railways in Villetaneuse, France

 
March 30th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: DVVD

The long-awaited Villetaneuse Université interchange is now taking shape. Although this is a good thing in terms of urban development, it also exacerbates the division between north and south due to the ensuing concentration of networks and traffic lanes. Consequently, the footbridge serves a twofold role: access to the station and a link between neighbourhoods. It needs to play its part in the interchange at the same time as fulfilling its role as an urban connection between North and South, improving traffic flow. As an urban landmark, it must also create clarity for the town’s flagship spaces and buildings: the Town Hall, University, sailing centre, interchange, and so on.

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  • Architects: DVVD | Engineers Architects Designers
  • Project: Footbridge Over the Railways
  • Location: Villetaneuse, France
  • Photography: Cyril Sancereau, EPA / PhGuignard
  • Client: EPA Plaine de France
  • Engineers: DVVD
  • Length: 156 meters
  • Steel weight: 450 tons
  • Budget: 5 000 000 euros
  • Construction work: 2010-2012
  • PRIZE: 2013 A+ Awards winner, Architecture+Mobility category (two prizes: Jury and Popular Choice Awards)
  • Software used: Robot – Bisco – Autocad – Revit Architecture – Studio Max – Adobe CS5.5

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

To render its use natural, we designed the bridge to appear to emerge from the shape of the ground, both for the span across the tracks and in terms of width, protecting users from the overhead wires either side and from the rain above. This has resulted in the footbridge resembling a plant, rather like a leaf curling and unfurling along its length. Due to its dimensions (156 meters long and 8 meters wide) and its opening on the outside, as well as the FSC certified wooden coating, to take the footbridge is to begin a journey in a cosy pontoon bridge atmosphere.

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © EPA / PhGuignard

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © DVVD / Cyril Sancereau

Image Courtesy © DVVD

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