Thursday, July 16, 2009

Pedestrian bridge Esch-sur-Alzette ,Luxemborg | Ney and Partners

Design and study of a footbridge.

This footbridge in the city of Esch-sur-Alzette forms a direct link between the heart of the city and the green space of Parc du Galgenberg. Specific featuresThe site conditions for the bridge are complex. Over a distance of over 100m a height difference of 21m needs to dealt with. At the same time several overhead wires and high tension cables need to be avoided. The security zones surrounding the different networks, the limited accessibility of the park and the quasi uninterruptability of the railway service form stringent boundary conditions. The bridge is one of the most important projects for the city of Esch-sur-Alzette, as it will create change on both an urbanistic and social level. At this moment there is no easy way to access the Parc du Galgenberg, although it is located near the city center. It is obvious that the bridge will play an important role in the revalorization of both the city and the train station neighborhood. The design purity is evident in the reduction of materials and elements. The entire bridge is conceived as a homogeneous steel skin. The exterior of this skin is painted pale gray, emphasizing the subtle curving of the project. The interior is painted in iron oxide red, referring to the Minette region's characteristic red soil. This red "path" indicates the transition from city center to green recreational area, and vice versa.
Engineering design : 2007-2008
Construction : 2008-2009
Architect : Ney & Partners, Metaform
Client : city of Esch-sur-Alzette
Site : Esch-sur-Alzette (L)
Dimensions : 101m
Total Budget : 2.500.000€
State : in execution
Text and images from :Ney & Partners
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