PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE PFAFFENTHAL
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Pedestrian Bridge Pfaffentha

STEINMETZDEMEYER as Architects

This public lift between the historic district of Pfaffenthal and the upper city of Luxembourg promotes soft mobility (pedestrians and bicycles), while opening up a valley floor district with a free and fast mean of transportation. Suspended above the valley, the cabin is entirely out-sheath and is glazed from floor to ceiling on half of its surface and connected via a corridor clad with a semi-transparent stainless steel wire mesh. 


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The construction of a public lift between the historic district of Pfaffenthal and the upper city of Luxembourg was a multi-challenges project: to promote soft mobility (pedestrians and bicycles), to open up a valley floor district with a free and fast mean of transportation, and to create a work of art, emblematic for the district and harmoniously integrated in this landscape protected by UNESCO.


This public facility attracts a wide range of users from mid-2016. From cyclists going to work, to tourists or regular residents, everyone has discovered the city from one of the most spectacular perspectives!


The success of this project, carried out by the City of Luxembourg and designed by STEINMETZDEMEYER in collaboration with INCA Associate Engineers and Jean Schmit Engineering is also due to its location. The lift’s foundations are in the heart of the historic district of Pfaffenthal and it directly arrives in the park Pescatore, where the user will find a direct connection to the cycle and pedestrian paths of the City. Moreover, these connections highly contribute to the development of the touristic and cultural trail Grund-Clausen-Pfaffenthal-Upper City.


The architects aimed at maximizing the comfort and the experience of the various users. In order to facilitate the movement of the cyclists, the cabin is equipped with two large opposite doors. Thus, they do not have to maneuver back and forth between the top and bottom accesses.


Suspended above the valley, the cabin is entirely out-sheath and is glazed from floor to ceiling on half of its surface. It thus offers to the users a journey through the landscapes of a quarry, the supporting walls, the wood on the side, to finish after 30 seconds on a magnificent panorama of the Alzette valley and the Kirchberg plateau.

 

At the upward exit of the lift, a footbridge is hung on the side of the tower. This footbridge is launched above the valley by an overhang of more than 9 meters, in order to offer fantastic panoramic landscapes on the architectural and contemporary heritage of the City of Luxembourg: the medieval district of Pfaffenthal, the sixties artwork Pont-Rouge (“The Red Bridge”), the Kirchberg district in a continuous urban development and the Bock, witness of the City’s origins in 963. The most reckless ones can contemplate this wonderful view through a sheet of glass at more than 60 meters above the district!


Practical, sustainable, aesthetic and offering an unforgettable experience, STDM architects always targeted these qualities while designing this public lift, which today constitutes a landmark in the valley and confers a new identity to the historical district of Pfaffenthal.


PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE PFAFFENTHAL

HAVER and BOECKER as manufacturer wire mesh cladding

The elevator serving this pedestrian bridge in Pfaffenthal is not situated as usual in a shaft – but outside on a steep slope. The cabin is glazed from floor to ceiling on half of its surface and allows an unobstructed panoramic view of the landscape. The sides and the ceiling of the lift connection are clad with cable mesh MULTI-BARRETTE from Haver & Boecker. The woven cables give flexibility and structure to the mesh, while the rods provide stability and create homogenous reflections. As stainless steel wire mesh is semi-transparent, additional light sources during the daytime are not necessary.


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Up to know, for pedestrians and cyclists it was not easy to commute between the Luxembourg districts Pfaffenthal (lower town) to the Parc Pescatore at the upper town. Now, it is quite different. A 70 m high glass lift system with a self-supporting bridge connects the district Pfaffenthal with the historic upper town of Luxembourg, which belongs to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.


An elevator instead of a cableway.

The architects of Steinmetzdemeyer architectes urbanistes chose an elevator solution with an adventure character, which is more space-saving, more beautiful and more urban than a cableway. The elevator of the pedestrian bridge in Pfaffenthal is not situated as usual in a shaft – but outside on a steep slope. The cabin, which can accommodate up to twelve pedestrians or six cyclists, is glazed from floor to ceiling on half of its surface and allows an unobstructed panoramic view of the landscape.


The 30-seconds drive up to the World Cultural Heritage ends up on a 72-meter-long pedestrian bridge, from which the visitors without fear of heights can catch another spectacular view of the landscape. At the top a small viewing platform with glassed wall and floor sections protrudes out of the bridge.


HAVER Architectural Mesh as a bridge cladding

The sides and the ceiling of the lift connection are clad with cable mesh MULTI-BARRETTE from Haver & Boecker. Stainless steel mesh MULTI-BARRETTE shines with a special elegance. The woven cables give flexibility and structure to the mesh, while the rods provide stability and create homogenous reflections. Stainless steel wire mesh is maintenance-free, non-flammable and translucent due to the semi-transparency, so that additional light sources are not necessary during daytime.

Due to the fact, that the stainless steel mesh MULTI-BARRETTE 8123 can be used as fall protection, further railings are not required inside the bridge. Only a subtle handrail is located in front of the mesh. On the one hand, the cable mesh MULTI-BARRETTE 8123 provides with its open area of 64% an undisturbed view of the Kirchberg and Pfaffenthal. On the other hand, it is dense enough to conceal the technical installations of the ceiling.


Haver & Boecker supplied ready to install wire mesh elements with mounting system consisting of round bars, eyes bolts and pressure springs.


Produkt: MULTI-BARRETTE 8123 


Architect: Steinmetzdemeyer architectes urbanistes 

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