Pedestrian Bridge in Tirana
The new pedestrian bridge, located on a densely inhabited area in the West part of Tirana city over Lana River, create a direct public connection between two major neighborhoods of Tirana, the newly under construction Lana Park housing estate, inhabited by 15000 people, and the west of Lana river, neighborhood. The new bridge, with a total length of 32 meters, provides a relational space that fills the existing social void of the two neighborhoods in a playful, sensorial and interactive manner. The architectural design, inspired by the parabolic pattern of Lana park pavement, is a heavy concrete and maintenancefree structure that is well-integrated within Lana Park architecture. It is a three piece pedestrian bridge consists of two parabolic concrete elements and between them a curved, hanged, structure to act as a pedestrian way. The parabolic elements, shown as parabolic arche structure spans 19 meters with a height of 6 meters. From every arch nine irregularly lengthen pipes nested, 10cm in diameter, are hanging in order to support the pedestrian decking. The handrail of the bridge consists of a horizontal ellipsoid tube, made of stainless steel, anchored with vertical bars made of stainless steel to the sides of the pedestrian deck. Cylindrical horizontal railings, made of stainless steel, are placed between the deck and the handrail in such a rhythm and placement, to prevent people’ s climbing on them. Native 10X10 cm black basalt stone slabs are lay in a perpendicular to the movement pattern, and create intense contrast to the white washed concrete arches.
LOCATION: Tirane, Albania
CLIENT: Municipality of Tirana
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: LANDSCAPE ROIDIS – Haris Roidis Landscape Architect
SCOPE: Master Planning, Detailed Design, Construction Administration, Construction Observation
YEAR OF DESIGN: 2017
PHOTOGRAPHS: Haris Roidis