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The Gold Line Bridge in Arcadia, California by Andrew Leicester

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Article source: Andrew Leicester 

As the largest, single public art/transit infrastructure project in California, we believe the Gold Line Bridge would be a very unique and special entry for coverage. The Gold Line Bridge has set many precedents. The Construction Authority wanted the art to lead the engineering, so an artist was hired before the architect and contractor. In 2010, the Construction Authority put out a national call and selected Andrew Leicester, an award-winning public artist from Minnesota.

Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority : Image Courtesy Andrew Leicester 

  • Artist: Andrew Leicester
  • Project: The Gold Line Bridge
  • Location: San Gabriel Valley, California
  • Date: Completed December 15, 2012
  • Dimensions: 584-linear feet (115 feet between the centerlines of the two signature baskets)
  • Materials: Concrete with steel reinforcement (the project required 6,500 cubic yards of concrete and 1.3 million pounds of steel)
  • Art Concept Advisor: Andrew Leicester
  • Architect/Designer: AECOM
  • Contractor: Skanska USA Civil West
  • Commissioner/Owner: The Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
  • Software used: 
    • Microstation V8i 3D for architectural design
    • For structural calculations:
      • SAP2000
      • VBridge
      • VBent
      • XTRACT
      • LPile
    • For structural calculations:
      • WinBDS
      • BrgABUT
    • For Hydrology/Hydraulics
      • LA County TC_Calculator
      • Bentley Flowmaster
    • For Alignment Design
      • InRoads

Hovenring Bicycle Roundabout in Eindhoven, Netherlands by IPV Delft

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Article source: IPV Delft

The spectacular  circular cycle bridge in the Dutch city of Eindhoven has recently been opened to the public. The cable-stayed bridge, designed by ipv Delft, offers cyclists and pedestrians an exciting crossover. With its impressive pylon, 72 metre diameter, thin deck and conspicuous lighting, the cyclist roundabout is a new landmark for the city.

Image Courtesy IPV Delft

  • Architects: IPV Delft
  • Project: Hovenring Bicycle Roundabout
  • Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Software used: Autocad Mechanical for the conceptual and architectural design of the Hovenring, while Tekla Structures was used for the implementation design

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Festina Lente in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Amila Hrustic

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Article source: Amila Hrustic

Festina Lente (lat. hurry slowly), lightweight, agile,adaptable casual contact among all objects and human beings.

The basic idea of the bridge is the union of the secular and spiritual and to establish a balance between left and right side.

Image Courtesy Amila Hrustic

  • Architects: Amila Hrustic
  • Project: Festina Lente
  • Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Authors: Adnan Alagić,Bojan Kanlić i Amila Hrustić
  • Software used: At the time it was made in Sketchup – just few sketches. The main model was made as a little prototype in real 3D.

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Water at-traction in Paris, France by bureau faceB

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Article source: bureau faceB

New structure for new uses : a pedestrian bridge to stroll along the water

It’s in the heart of the city. One of its major attraction. However, you can barely feel it. Maybe on a boat, a little bit on bridges, anyway without intimacy. On the contrary La Seine has to be seen as an out of time place, telling you stories and History. A link through time and space: the water attraction.

Image Courtesy François Marcuz

  • Architects: bureau faceB
  • Project: Water at-traction
  • Location: La Seine, Paris, France
  • Photograph: François Marcuz
  • Design Team: Arnaud Malras, François Marcuz, Camille Mourier, Germain Pluvinage
  • Software used: Blender and Autocad

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Melkweg Bridge in Purmerend, the Netherlands by NEXT Architects

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Article source: NEXT Architects

The Melkweg bridge is located in Purmerend, the Netherlands. The bridge is part of the masterplan ‘De Kanaalsprong’ and connects the historic city center with the towns’ new district.

“The aim of the design team was to create a new area with a specific identity, which could work as a connector between the old and the new centre.”

Image Courtesy Jeroen Musch 

  • Architects: NEXT Architects
  • Project: Melkweg Bridge
  • Location: Purmerend, the Netherlands
  • Photography: Jeroen Musch, Piet Jonker
  • Program: Bridge
  • Span: 66 mtr
  • Cost / Value: Euro 6.000.000,00
  • Status: Completed
  • Preliminary design: Sep 2007
  • Final design: Nov 2009
  • Start building: May 2011
  • Completion: Oct 2012
  • Client: Municipality of Purmerend
  • Collaborator: Ronald Rietveld Landschaparchitectuur
  • Advisor construction: Ingenieurs Bureau Amsterdam (IBA), ABT adviesbureau voor Bouwtechniek
  • Contractor(s): Van Hattum en Blankevoort
  • Main contractor: VSF
  • Installations: Istemawa

Iconic Pedestrian Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands by Francesco Piffari

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Article source: Francesco Piffari

INTRODUCTION

What is a bridge in the collective imagination? How to obtain livable spaces from a passing-by architecture? How to push the design to its boundaries and at the same time satisfy the requests for traffic flows, wheelchair access, integration in the urban context, sustainability looking, clarity and comprehensibility of the program?

Image Courtesy Francesco Piffari

  • Architects: Francesco Piffari
  • Project: Iconic Pedestrian Bridge
  • Location:  Amstel 51, Amsterdam, Netherlands (in front of Hermitage Amsterdam Museum)
  • Type: One stage international idea competition
  • Hosted by: [AC-CA] Architectural Competition
  • Software used: Rhino, vRay for Rhino, Photoshop and Autocad
  • Program:

    • Pedestrian Bridge: on the central axis of the museum, 90 m long, 4m wide minimum
    • Cafe: 100 sqm with enough space for 20 tables together with a small area for snack
    • Bicycle Repair: 50 sqm with two repair stations
    • Services: 20 sqm for 4 toilets cubicles; 30 sqm for office, changing room, storage; 30 bike racks
    • TOTAL: 200 sqm
  • Mission:Design an Iconic Pedestrin Bridge in the heart of Amsterdam which could:
    • Encourage and reward design excellence between architecture and engineering.
    • Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original footbridge.
    • To generate the discussion of ideas regarding the functionality of bridges in relation with art and sculpture.
    • Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

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Kiss Bridge in Alicante, Spain by Joaquin Alvado Bañon

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Article source: Joaquin Alvado Baño

The project has been thought to establish a relationship between two different parts of the town, divided by a rainwater channel. Each side of the channel causes a different way to cross, a new shape to define a border. The connection is a kiss, a softy touch of structures. The bridge is a new way to understand the city.

The beams have been structurally designed as the Japanese art of paper folding called “origami”. The material we have used is white concrete plate instead of paper. The two geometrically different parts have different structural behavior. The first part has a large cantilever beam 16 m length, while the second has a Y plan geometry comprising the main path itself and a Venetian stairs. The length of the main path of both structures is over 60 m.

Image Courtesy © Justo Oliva

  • Architects: Joaquin Alvado Bañon
  • Project: “Kiss Bridge”.  White Concrete Footbridge
  • Location: Pilar de la Horadada, Alicante, Spain
  • Photographs: Justo Oliva 
  • Structural Engineers: Salvador Ivorra, Miguel Angel Crespo,
  • Geometry: Rafael Guillem and David Jimenez (Geometry)
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Texts: Justo Oliva and Authors

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Pedestrian Bridge in Paris, France by Michael Arellanes II (MA2)

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Article source: Michael Arellanes II (MA2)

The current design proposal is a pedestrian bridge to be located on the River Seine in Paris near the Palais du Louvre. Its objective is to synthesize an architectural response from the cultural, urban, and contemporary movements of Paris, and transport a new experience on the Seine River unique to its surroundings; including to synergize tectonic form with light and surface nuances.

Image Courtesy © MA2

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Amstel Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Article source: Thiago Augustus Prenholato Alves, Rodolfo Parolin Hardy, Rafael Santos Ferraz and Gilberto Baroni Junior.

The design comes from an analysis of the duality between complexity and simplicity, how a plain idea can develop onto a project that meets the needs of a pre-established program and interacts with the surrounding area. A challenge that is not to create the longest span or the most acrobatic structure but to connect both two points of the city and the inhabitant to the city. How to create a distinct and recognizable bridge design that’ll be integrated and interactive? An infrastructure optimized for public life. The design of the bridge brings the waves in the water surface to the level of the buildings around, integrating this unusual form to the city landscape. The contrast invites the pedestrian to discover new routes and challenges him along the path curves to see new perspectives, reopening his eyes to the beauty of Amsterdam.

Image Courtesy xLAB - Experimental Laboratory for Architecture

  • Architects: Thiago Augustus Prenholato Alves, Rodolfo Parolin Hardy, Rafael Santos Ferraz and Gilberto Baroni Junior.
  • Project: Amstel Bridge
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Foot- and Cyclebridge over the Rhein in Huningue, France by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Article source: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes

Two main roads, the “Hauptstrasse” in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and the “Rue de France” in Hunningue, France, are situated on the same axis. To emphasize this highly symbolic and visual connection between the two countries, the footbridge is put along the axis and not into it for the view not to be disturbed. This visual connection is enhanced by the physical one, as the design of the bridge is a response to the situation. The technical challenge is evident.

Image Courtesy Alain Caste

  • Architects: Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
  • Project: Foot- and Cyclebridge over the Rhein
  • Location: Huningue, France
  • Client:  Ville de Weil-am-Rhein
  • Building contractor: Construction métallique
  • Competition: Wolfgang Juen, Ulrike Plos, José Luis Fuentes, Paul-Eric Schirr-Bonnans, Frederique Bindji, Mendis Thilan
  • Project Team Leader: José-Luis Fuentes

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