Brazilian architectural firm LoebCapote Arquitetura e Urbanismo has created the ultimate pedestrian bridge! Like two giant lilypads floating in the water, the Friedrich Bayer Bridge spins open to allow boat traffic to pass while pedestrians and cyclists wait above. Comprised of two metal islands that are covered in lush greenery. the design establishes a pleasant waiting area for foot traffic while the boats pass through.
Located on a canal in front of Bayer’s San Paulo headquarters, the bridge allows for more efficient crossing of the Pinheiros River by extending the walking and bike path used by Bayer employees. The two pivoting islands connecting the 90-meter bridge use an electric motor to rotate open laterally, rather than vertically. Saving locals the pesky time-consuming wait for a vertical-lift opening of the bridge, the innovative design provides an open-air green waiting area while the spinning structure facilitates easy and quick passage for water traffic below.
Photography by Leonardo Finotti