Prague’s Karlín and Holešovice districts were in need of a new pedestrian bridge to connect the two growing areas. The bridge had to meet the high standards of Prague’s historical charm as well as the flooding waters of the Vltava River. The concept of the bridge is based upon sweeping arches that gracefully skip across the Vltava river like a stone cast by hand. Fluid and sinuous the arches dance from side to side as they cross the river, creating a design that is both dynamic and responsive to the asymmetrical nature of the site. Arches were selected as the primary structure for the bridge because of their natural strength and beauty along with the historical significance that they have in the city of Prague. The arches create a soft presence along the river while paying homage to the historical bridges and rich culture of the city.
Arches were selected as the primary structure for the bridge because of their natural strength and beauty along with the historical significance that they have in the city of Prague. Arch bridges stitch the two shores of the Vltava at many points along the river. This new pedestrian bridge is an ode to those bridges and history of the city, but it utilizes a contemporary design and modern materials to inspire and meet the demands of the Prague population and the future link it will provide. Arches were also selected to create a soft presence along the river, where a tower or truss would impede on the views of the site.
The deck is designed to separate the cyclist traffic from the pedestrians by a subtle difference in height.This provides a safety feature for both cyclists and pedestrians while allowing cyclists to confidently ride without the fear of a collision. Reversely it allows pedestrians a safe zone where no cyclists can impede upon. At the Stvanice ramp the cyclist path levels off with the pedestrian path and serves as an inter section to allow everyone to safely get on and off the island. A textured paving surface will be used in this area andat intermittent crosswalks along the bridge to help reduce cyclist speeds and provide optimal pedestrian and cyclist safety.