The Arganzuela Footbridge

Paris based architect, Dominique Perrault, recently opened the Arganzuela Footbridge to the public in Madrid, Spain which stretches over the Manzanares River into the park. The project stands out as an iconic element in the city by a pair of conic structures that are wrapped in interlocking metallic ribbons.

Providing direct access to both pedestians and cyclists, the porous design takes advantage of the natural light that breaks through the park’s exisiting vegetation while establishing viewsheds throughout its 250 meter long span.

The footbridge seeming floats in the air over the water as the skin is constructed out of a metallic mesh which shelters the internal space from extreme weathers. Simultaneously, the bridge offers moments of complete transparency as the spiral provides a rhythmic and dynamic experience for the pedestrians.

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