Campo Volantin Footbridge (page 1 of 2)

Santiago Calatrava

The pedestrian bridge over the Nervión River from both sides

On the left side of the center image, one can see the far edge of the Guggenheim Museum by Frank Gehry. The bridge spans a distance of 75 meters with curbed boardwalks on both sides and is located 8.5 meters above the river.

The steel bridge--an inclined parabolic arch, 14.6 meters deep

The bridge is constructed of pipe, 4.57 centimeters in diameter. The footbridge can be approached by both dramatic sculptural ramps on both sides of the river as well as ordinary stairs.

Left: the dramatic ramp with glass decking; center: the stairwell; right: the bridge with the sculptural arch of the ramp support


Side views of ramp and stairwell


Left: on the stairwell looking toward the ramp; center: the translucent glass decking

At night the glass-decked footbridge is illuminated from the underside. Additional lighting is on the handrails, stairs and ramps.

Looking toward the ramp from the bridge

Continue to page 2 for additional views.

Work Consulted:
Alexander Tzonis. Santiago Calatrava: The Poetics of Movement. New York: Universe Publishing, 1999.

Other buildings on this site by Calatrava include: El Alamillo Bridge, Seville, Spain; Communication Tower, Barcelona, Spain; Milwaukee Art Museum; Oriente Station, Lisbon, Portugal; Sondica Airport, Bilbao, Spain.

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