Transforming bridges into spaces buzzing with life
In towns and cities designed for car use, a bridge is often seen as a point of tension and a restrictive part of daily journeys due to congestion at peak hours, the coexistence of different modes of transport, a sense of urban discontinuity and breakdown, etc.
Pont Anne de Bretagne in Nantes is a bridge which is perceived here in terms of its relationship with the surrounding area, its uses and its own usability. In addition to its contextual characteristics, the bridge also offers major potential to create new spaces for sharing and socialising, and even to become a new icon for the city.
Investir la Loire immediately conjures up a serene image of the bridge’s infrastructural and ultra-functional aspect. Now a usable space with “stop-off areas” overhanging the river, the micro-architectures, which are also conceived as micro-events, are intended to establish the urban dimension of the bridge. The bridge is no longer perceived as a separate element because the river is becoming a symbol of the city with a continuum of public spaces.
This project is exhibited at Hangar 32 at “Design l’Expo”, from 28th November 2014 to 25th January 2015.