Philosophy

The objectiv of a pedestrian bridge is to linkbanks and make human crossing easier. It is not there to be seen, it generates social habits. The design is less important than the function. The same elements that made the crossing complicated (the water)will help to resolve the main goal: the support of the bridge (Archimede).
The illusionism and the mythology take part of the project : who ever dreamed of being Jesus, walking on the sea ?
That’s not the design that will be unforgattable, but the memory of crossing it.

Minimum efforts

To use the elements that are provided by the site place : water that makes the crossing complicated will finally help this crossing.
Physics are invoked with the help of Archimede.
Pieces of bridge are brought to the project site using boats.
The bridge is divided into pieces. One of them will be filled up to shrink and let the boats pass through. Once the boats have left, the srhunk piece will be filled up with air to make it float again and make human crossing possible.
The design of the floating bridge is easy thanks to the stable level of water in the canals.

Emotional

Crossing the floating bridge is a unique experience, so close to the water level.
A swell breaker along the bridge helps creating a calm water surface beside the bridge will the water is less calm further.

Security

A security space is created in both sides of the bridge under the water.
The crossing is not possible when boats are passing through.

Functional

The pedestrian bridge floats thanks to the air stocked in it siron tanks and the support of the water : humancrossing
The middle part of the bridge is filled up with water : boats crossing.

Symbolic

Mattiew (14_22_31) – Jesuswalks on the water

Environnement

Reusablematerials: iron
Minimum + water transport from close factories
Minimum maintenance
Water and archimede are for free
Minimum quantity of materials used to build the floating pedestrian bridge.

Social

The unique experience of crossing that floating bridge will generate new and unexpected social habits and make people experience together.

credits

architect: 2:pm architectures  |  team: Paul Rolland, Hans Lefevre, Matthieu Bergeret  |  status: Competition (2012)  |  clasification: 2 rang  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: 700 m2 small  |  types: bridge, public space  |  views: 1.856