This footbridge links the raised podium of the iconic 1970s Front de Seine quarter to the recently redeveloped Beaugrenelle site on the other side of rue Linois. Front de Seine is an essay in Brutalism, heavy and massive; the new Beaugrenelle is a contemporary design in glass and steel. The diversity of this context is reflected in the facets of the bridge’s design, responding to its environment in both formal and structural terms.
These facets are sublimated through the use of materials and contrast. The lateral edges of BFUP Concrete (Ultra High Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete) fold in a lighter and more contemporary interpretation of the omnipresent concrete slab of the area. The faceted underside is clad in polished steel - often disappearing into the landscape or creating a reflective play of light.
At night light filters out through fine perforations in the panels and the handrails to accompany the pedestrians both on the bridge and the street underneath.