Simple & striking pedestrian bridge by Teiknistofan Tröð
Iceland is usually seen as the land of untouched natural treasures, still there are areas that are heavily industrialised, especially around Reykjavik . One such spot is near the river Elliðaár, running through the capital to a vast barren space, which is traditionally a home of industrial activities. In the recent years, a larger scale project was launched to facilitate the social and ecological renewal of the area, and as a part of this venture, a new pedestrian and cycling bridge was raised. As the river splits into two there, the bridge also has two parts providing a chance for a game in symmetry and composition. The result is a mirrored design of two pyramids that, with the geometric form and materials used, take a reference to the industrial heritage of the locale.
The spectacular structure was designed by local firm Teiknistofan Tröð, whose are specialised in infrastructural constructs that work as a statement addition to the surrounding landscape. Their bridge was conceived with the same ideology in mind: the bright red triangular structure is striking yet surprisingly modest at the same time.
The architects’ goal was to minimise materials used, hence they opted for a simple format composed of one long a two shorter steel columns. Those, along the 36-m-long concrete deck are supported by steel tension rods, that are almost invisible from a distance. This solution gives the bridge a cleaned-up, airy look, that eases the bright led colour contrast with the surrounding winterland.
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