Rem Koolhaas' OMA just won a design competition to design a new bridge linking Bègles and Floriac in France. Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc is envisioned not only as a path across the Garonne River in Bordeaux, but also as a platform for outdoors events surrounded by water. To be opened in 2018, this magnificent project by the renowned Dutch architects will support cars, public transport, bicycles, pedestrians and also some spectacular parties.
The 144=foot-wide Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc Bridge will be the sixth bridge to cross the river Garonne, and the first one by OMA. The project is a joint effort between OMA, engineers WSP, landscape architect Michel Desvigne, consultant EGIS and the light design agency Lumières Studio. The ambitious project will feature a wide pedestrian promenade and lanes for cars, public transport, and bikes that will be closed during events.
The architects and competition organizers believe that the unique bridge will become a popular public space for everybody’s enjoyment. “The bridge itself is not the ‘event’ in the city, but a platform that can accommodate events of the city,” said OMA project leader Clément Blanchet. The project will be finally completed in 2018 as part of Euratlantique, a citywide development initiative for improving the urban community in Bordeaux.
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