Gauja Pedestrian Bridge

Gauja Pedestrian Bridge

Architect
PAUL KALOUSTIAN ARCHITECT
Location
Gauja, Inčukalns Parish, Latvia
Project Year
2019
Category
Bridges
Studio Paul Kaloustian

Gauja Pedestrian Bridge

PAUL KALOUSTIAN ARCHITECT as Architects

The bridge is only a fitting landmark and a welcoming station if it truly heralds the rich natural environment of the Gauja Natural Park.

 

It must therefore contain this promise within its design and become a peaceful promenade between the existing trees creating a sense of poetry and wonder as a prelude of a walk in the forest and transform into a pier over the lake as a signal of the Gauja river running free.

 

The information stand welcomes the pedestrian visitor onto a smoothly ascending platform offering different paths which hold in them a sense of discovery. The cut out form of the bridge takes a natural flowing shape that offers overlooks and rest areas as the visitor moves through.

 

The shape also helps the wind to freely circulate around its curves. The mesh balustrades create a visually blurred boundary letting the elements of nature pass through it seamlessly and yet it keeps the visitor protected and safe within its boundaries. From the street, the visitor in a car will soon encounter an unusual white cloud hovering between sky and earth and beckoning their proximity to the majestic park.

 

Finally, the light structure sits with a minimal footprint over the white columns replicating the tree trunks and morphs in with the nature around it defying the usual nonplaceness of a bridge as simply a transient path between two points and becoming an actual space and a landmark.

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