Rochapea FootbridgePamplona, Spain
This footbridge would connect the historic district of Rochapea in Pamplona with the newly developed Aranzadi Park, a green space in a meander area of the city. The proposed 45-m span, asymmetrical, Vierendeel beam bridge is intended to be functional, transparent, slender, attractive when being crossed, and with restrained dimensions for coherence with the historic neighbouring buildings. Its urban end is to be partially fixed, thanks to a short side span located under the pavement and accessible through the abutment. The natural end is simply supported and has a minimum depth, looking like a leaf lying on the ground. Matt-finished stainless steel is the main structural material, providing improved durability and low-maintenance needs, as well as a contemporary appearance. Nevertheless, the bridge is designed to maintain a harmonious coexistence with the both pure and untreated materials used for the construction of the nearby Old Monastery of San Pedro, as well as with the natural environment of the Aranzadi area.