The transportation network around Villetaneuse was recently upgraded, and though it was necessary, the project unfortunately created a division in the town’s pedestrian network. DVVD designed a footbridge to reconnect the two sides of the town while providing a new way to access the train station. DVVD also sought to make the bridge a natural extension of the urban fabric and a recognizable landmark.
The steel and wood bridge sprouts from the ground and curls like a blade of grass or a leaf. The bridge is open at either end and it curls up in the center to protect passengers from the elements, exposure, and the sound of the trains. The 156-meter-long bridge is 8 meters wide and it accommodates foot traffic as well as bikes. FSC-certified wood was used for the exterior cladding and floor boards to extend the bridge’s natural appearance. The bridge recently won the 2013 Architizer A+ Jury and Popular Vote Award in the Architecture + Mobility category.
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