Experientialism of a panoramic reference to lake and city by an urban, room-spanning bridge design
With the new pedestrian and bicycle bridge located in proximity to Pont du Mont Blanc the city of Geneva gains the opportunity to redefine the urban space on the shores of Lake Geneva. This project proposes to provide visitors with the experientialism of a panoramic reference to lake and city by an urban, room-spanning bridge design. The strategical aim of this design is to complement public spaces on both shores within the area surrounding the crossing of the Rhone. At one of the most distinctive places in the city a panoramic view opens from now on towards the adjacent inner city and Lake Geneva. The design opens towards the lake with a flight of steps right down to the water. The bridge besides its role of being a piece of infrastructure to cross the adjacent river then become a public urban place in its own right.
Originally the arched structure of Pont du Mont Blanc characterized the cityscape at Lake Geneva.
Over time the twelve arches of the historical bridge were concealed from view by multilevel, lateral attachments. The new structure applies the historical, arched principle translating it into a contemporary design and form of construction. The four wide spanning arches of the new bridge accompany the original structure. Seen from the shores of Lake Geneva the historical and the new bridge form up an optical sequence of arched fragments. Besides the low-angled arcs both bridges are linked by further references. In this manner the great arc of the new bridge converges with the point of the Pont du Mont Blanc tangent.
The spatial proximity of the two bridges creates an architectural reference, of the one part, and an urbanistic link, of the other part, by allowing the users a change of direction and transmission in between both bridges.
SITE: GENEVA, Switzerland
STATUS: competition entry
CLIENT: COMMUNE OF GENEVA
DESIGN: TERRAIN: LOENHART&MAYR BDA ARCHITECTS AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS
ENGENEERING: &STRUCTURES OLIVER ENGLHARDT UNIV.PROF.DIPL.ING.DR.HAT.TECHN