BROMMY NEW FOOTBRIDGE -'THE FLOWING BRIDGE', BERLIN
Location: Berlin, Germany
Architect: SPANS associates
Engineer: SPANS associates
Preconcept: Joachim Lézie-Cobert
Competition, Design development: Render Art
Span: 110 m
Stage: Competition, Book publication
Design and Concept
CONTEXT and ESSENCE
The historical, cultural and geographic contexts are a unique background to the project, marked by a history of resistance. The site is a place of reunion and division where 2 bridges have already been built and destroyed. The East Side Gallery, along the site, is recalling the old city division between East and West. Since 1989, the graffiti’s and the street art express messages of freedom, hope and liberation.
A SYMBOLIC - REFLECTIVE - connected MONUMENT
The footbridge proposal is not only a crossing structure but a unique opportunity to create a strong link above the river Spree, and with the East Side Gallery. The bridge channels the landscaping flow of 2 spiraling energy along “The Wall” vestige into a new unique flow on the other side, symbolizing the regeneration after resistance, and creating a new place of reflection, contemplation through a meditative walk.
Stressed skined Structure and kaleidoscopIC experience
The footbridge is constructed as a monocoque tube structure. Its apparent seamless and faceted form participates to the abstraction of the whole shape - without any hierarchy. The use of mirrors is a key feature to abstract the footbridge object into an experience, starting from the dense wall to the light reflection of the water. It does open a new virtual dimension a “dream catcher.”