PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE / SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND UK
SPATIAL MOVEMENT ... The trajectory, as it would be abstracted from movement in general, creates morphology generated by infinite linear continuity, a 'nervature' of space; it translates-abstracts the global spatial movement into an assemblage of ribbons and their binding effect finally forms bridge as a symbol of caught gesture. Sculptured construction shows character in allegory of flight, making it dramatic, nervous, provocative,… yet terse. Inspired by nature this design doesn't want to show define formal situation; it needs to be further explored by viewer. It tempts you, it invites you to join, to feel the motion. As a literal expression of simple linear fluidity of the moving process, it tends to meld, with material and form, into natural topography. One finds nature integrated directly as a linear garden (planted trees into the structure, near the promenade); as well as it observation deck effect – sightlines pass over the treetops below to the panorama of the city on the horizon. The bridge transforms spatial rhythm.
RED ... As a reaction to greenness of surrounding (effect of park la Villette in Paris), as an accent point on the road, as a stretched headlight,… its skin brings character of glossy, reflected, metallic surface. Purity of form without any details. Although derived from nature, it represents clear artefact that imitates spatial traces. Red is a symbol, a kerf, a metaphor of natural dynamism. Red researches spatial signature, a landmark.
STRUCTURAL SYSTEM ... A 'stressed-skin' construction, derived from industrial aeronautical materials, provides strength to support movement in span. The whole structure 'works' as unique body, being responsible to all the different tensions,… the assemblage is a very light but solid system. Maximum span is 30m although it spans 3x30m=90m in total, but the inner part is diagonally supported by pathways which decrease length. The surfaces of the structure have to be carefully modelled to allow them to be developed into smaller flat (light curved) sheets, so that they can be easily fabricated. All the elements and junctions are well prepared before coming to construction site.