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Pasarela del Arganzuela in Madrid by Dominique Perrault
von | 8/21/2011

The Pasarela del Arganzuela pedestrian bridge is now in place, bringing a major construction project in Madrid to a conclusion. The bridge covers the Rio Manzanares and the broad river banks, is the brainchild of French architect Dominique Perrault. A stainless steel weave wraps round the steel structure, which tapers like a cone from outside to inside from both sides - turning the bridge into a silver shimmering helix. Within the structure, the softly refracted light creates a pleasant atmosphere. The two sections of the bridge meet in the central platform in the middle. The helix is intended as a metaphor for the growing links between the two districts otherwise separated by the Manzanares river. During the night, the bridge lights up like a golden spiral.

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Illustration © Dominique Perrault
Illustration © Dominique Perrault
Illustration © Dominique Perrault
64 triangular weave sections, each dimensioned to match the load-bearing structure form the wrap that runs round the Pasarela del Arganzuela – 30 for the northern and 34 for the southern helix halves
The conically tapered helixes link two districts of town otherwise cut off from each other by the Manzanares river
rendering it impassable
Pasarela del Arganzuela in Madrid by Dominique Perrault | Illustration © Dominique Perrault
Illustration © Dominique Perrault
Illustration © Dominique Perrault
The 250-meter-long Arganzuela Bridge in Madrid, Spain, designed by Dominique Perrault | Fotos © GKD/ARTEUNO WELT SL
4,500 square meters of GKD’s Escale 7 x 1 weave was used for the bridges' covering
The spiral-shaped wrap is designed such that in each instance an open side faces one covered in stainless steel weave. This ensures that pedestrians always enjoy a view of the