Guallart Architects


Motril, Spain. 2011

With Gijón Arquitectura

The proposal meets the pedestrian continuity between the gardens of the Explanadas and the Park Pueblos de las Américas, bridging the difference in height between these two areas and freeing the passage of the Avenue Virgen de la Cabeza, main entrance city traffic.

The structures have been used are organic hexagonal design which allows easy adaptation to the surrounding environment, from host in its structure existing trees and adapt on the slopes to facilitate pedestrian traffic, allowing the movement of persons with motor disabilities .

The support of these structures are based on the lower bound for the Avenue, to emerge as ways to strengthen the gateway tree and at its upper bound. The conditions that have been taken into account are derived from the road shot, whichever save a minimum height of 5m gauge across the width of the Avenue.

The structure was built with steel of varying thickness, so that the cutting and folding of the thin surface to create a continuous structural element gap. The clearances of the structure have been closed on its upper face by opaque surfaces that allow pedestrian traffic. In its lower face seals are sandwiched glazed incorporating LEDs, which allow both an illumination of the structure and the Avenue.

The manufacturing process of the structures, continues with advanced manufacturing systems in which the architect must produce all the cutting of their projects through the programs of parametric design and scripting.


Project name: Motril Footbridge
Design time: 2010
Complete time: 2011
Site: Motril, Granada, Spain
Architecture: Gijón Arquitectura, Guallart Architects
Main architects: Angel Gijón Díaz, Vicente Guallart

Maria Diaz: arquitect
Mónica Luque Medina: arquitect
Fernando Meneses: arquitect, geometry
Daniela Frogheri: arquitect, geometry
Andrea Imaz:arquitect
xst arquitectura: structure