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Glass-Encased Austrian Suspension Bridge Encourages Public Transportation

Posted By Lori Zimmer On September 30, 2011 @ 3:36 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery | 1 Comment

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The Lugner Bridge rises from the Otto Wagner metro station and hovers above the avenue, connecting pedestrians to the shopping and sports complex [6] above. The escalator from the street stretches to the bridge at an odd, trapezoidal angle, extending over traffic at the top. The space connecting the bridge to the escalator holds a small café that extends into the bridge, affording guests an interesting view through the floor to the street below.

The bridge itself seems to float [7], as it is suspended by two cables that are secured to adjacent buildings instead of traditional pillars. The geometric shape of the tunnel is reinforced with thin steel rods, creating a trapezoidal framework that skews the visitor’s perspective as they pass through the space. During the day, the double-glazed glass skin allows the bridge and café to be entirely lit by natural lighting. The glazing blocks solar gain [8], ensuring a comfortable temperature inside. At night, the bridge is illuminated with blue lights.

The glazed bridge, which connects pedestrians with the subway, is part of a Viennese program to revitalize the heavily trafficked area [9], while cutting car emissions by encouraging both pedestrian traffic and public transportation.

+ Bulant & Wailzer [4]

Via Architizer [10]

 

 


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[2]  : http://inhabitat.com/glass-encased-austrian-suspension-bridge-encourages-public-transportation/bulant-wailzer-lugner2/?extend=1

[3] Lugner City Shopping Center: http://www.lugner.at/

[4] Bulant & Wailzer: http://www.austria-architects.com/de/bulant_wailzer/de/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/glass-encased-austrian-suspension-bridge-encourages-public-transportation/bulant-wailzer-lugner2/

[6] connecting pedestrians to the shopping and sports complex: http://inhabitat.com/swooping-green-land-bridge-design-turns-abandoned-taiwan-railway-into-a-lively-hub/

[7] The bridge itself seems to float: http://inhabitat.com/telok-blangah-hill-park’s-flying-infrastructure-in-the-sky/

[8] glazing blocks solar gain: http://inhabitat.com/schmidt-hammer-lassen-completes-this-shimmering-sustainable-building-in-copenhagen/

[9] revitalize the heavily trafficked area: http://inhabitat.com/mexico-city-will-get-its-own-greenery-filled-high-line-park-in-2012/

[10] Architizer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/lugner-bridge/29849/

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