A modern pedestrian bridge in Vitré, France not only provides a convenient walkway from a new carpark to the adjacent train station, it has also transformed the previously derelict area into a vibrant green space. The disjointed design and concrete aesthetic of the walkway, designed by TETRARC Architectes, contrasts nicely with the stepped green lawn and various garden pockets tucked into the concrete structure itself.
The elongated concrete footbridge stretches over the rail lines of the Vitré Station, providing easy access from the carpark to the station. A timber footpath continues from the carpark to the local “Place de la Victoire” (Victory Square), creating a continual path from the square to the station.
In addition to the convenience of a large parking lot next to to the train station, the new bridge serves as a public space that spruces up a previously abandoned area. The architects also thought to leave little pockets of individual space such as a look outarea that juts out over the greenery, a perfect spot for personal reflection.
Photography by Stéphane Chalmeau