River Tirón FootbridgeHaro, Spain
The town of Haro, located northern Spain, is one of the most prosperous sites of La Rioja region, well known because of its high-quality red wine production. Wine is the vital and cultural expression of the town and is at the same time its main tourist interest, as it hosts some of the oldest and best known wine cellars in the region. The new footbridge is part of a pedestrian connection to link the historic centre with the district where most of these cellars are located. The design intends to be attractive, adapted to the soft topography of the river banks, sustainable, with strong ties to the wine culture of the region and, last but no least, elegant. These objectives were achieved with an innovative three-span variable-depth beam design, made of stainless steel and with a composite-wood decking. An efficient structural scheme and the reduction of maintenance costs make the use of high-quality materials and a reasonable budget compatible.