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Gateway Villetaneuse footbridge unfurls like a leaf over train tracks outside Paris

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 5, 2015 @ 2:20 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building,Green Transportation,Innovation | No Comments

Gateway Villetaneuse, DVVD, pedestrian bridge, footbridge, pedestrian friendly, paris, villetaneuse, [1]

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 [2] designed a footbridge [3] 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 [4] 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 [5].

+ DVVD [2]

Via Architizer [5]

Images ┬ęCyril Sancereau

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[2] DVVD: http://www.dvvd.fr/

[3] footbridge: http://inhabitat.com/tag/footbridge

[4] FSC-certified: http://inhabitat.com/tag/fsc-certified/

[5] 2013 Architizer A+ Jury and Popular Vote Award in the Architecture + Mobility category: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/blog/dyn/81292/footbridgeoverrailways/#.UWQkgqtAR68

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