PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE ' RIVER DOUGLAS GREENWAY ' / LANCASHIRE, UK
We wanted to avoid the monumental symbol, concerning that direct engineered artefact would deeply disturb the environment. we wanted to incorporate our movement carefully into the nature, to support it by re-modelling it, by mixing surfaces and also leaving the possibility that nature becomes the part of the structure in general. We found its poetics in the symbiosis. we have separated, yet united, two basic connections/functions - crossing and observing; the kinetics and statics. therefore, we have created an open belvédère, modified the land/relief and made observatory. while you take a long calm walk along the river, you move up-down, completely unaware that you are crossing it. The bridge is primarily a relief not a strong artificial structure. The bridge becomes an event of social interaction. People step-up there, observe, communicate, sit and lay in the grass, they are in the nature. We tried to capture the movement of the bird, to abstract it and to transform it into the structure. A natural elegance used onto the artificial element - mimics. The inspiration about this project also comes from the impulse of land movement/modelling that forms unique spatial event. We have split the connections and gave few possibilities to connect two waterfronts; through an open dialogue between architecture and landscape bridge structure creates an independent relationship between social and natural systems while providing a refuge for recreation and relaxation, a system that blends urban with pastoral, a portal of wild-active park-garden-nature-a playground. The sloping surfaces formed by the manipulation of the planes on the ground, creates ridge and valley that visually isolates the pastoral landscape from the city surrounding. Its highest point is a destination to reach, a choice that one should take to fully observe the area. View pass over the treetops below, to the panorama of the city and the nature on the horizon. Inspired by nature, design doesn't want to show defined formal situation. It has an allegory of flight, it translates/abstracts the global spatial movement into an assemblage of the ribbons and the binding effect finally forms bridge as a symbol of caught gesture. Although derived from nature, it represents clear artefact that imitates spatial traces in a metaphor of natural dynamism. Bridge brings purity of form without any details; its skin has character of glossy, reflected, metallic surface with different level of transparency.