Arganzuela Footbridge was constructed to offer access to the new Arganzuela park. This construction is amazing new piece of architecture from Madrid, located above the Manzanares River.
Dominique Perrault designed
the bridge that looks like two conical shapes brought together and
wrapped in metallic ribbons that seem to spiral down the structure.
The footbridge offers view of the well known Toledo Bridge and daylight and rain are captured with the use of screens installed on the footbridge. There were once two embankment roads that were removed to make way for the new Arganzuela Park and the footbridge acts like a link between the left and right bank of the river.
The highest point of the bridge is represented by a small hill and
the structure is made out of steel,being supported by two pillars on
every end. The diameter of the bridge varies from 5 to 12 meters while
the pedestrian bridge is 250 meters long. The pedestrian shade is
offered by the metal screens that smeel to coil around the exterior.
The design of the structure is sustainable, allowing daylight and rain to fall over the park. The base of the footpath has wooden slats and the area is illuminated at night with the help of interior lighting. The work ended in April and the bridge and park are both favoured by locals in their walks.