© Explorations Architecture


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City, Country Kirchberg, Luxembourg
Client Fonds d’Urbanisation et d’Aménagement du Plateau de Kirchberg
Architect Explorations Architecture, Ana Marti Baron
Services Object Planning
Structural Engineering
Facts Length: 88 m | Width: 3.9 m | Surface area: 340 m²
Competition 2018, 2nd prize

The new footbridge at MUDAM is a minimal yet exceptional work of art. It resonates with the history of the site, the natural elements and the museum. To this end, it moves away from traditional crossing structures (beams, arches, cables) to propose a new paradigm. The footbridge creates a new dialogue between the sky, the air, the ground and the trees. It provides an unprecedented support for artistic activities linked to the MUDAM's activities. Its structure amplifies the woodland it crosses. The footbridge rests on a swarm of extremely slender posts, a distant allegory of the trunks of a forest.

Far from being a gratuitous gesture, this approach means that each post takes very little load and can be founded 'by hand', without heavy machinery. Each column will be installed on the basis of a scan of the subsoil to avoid the smallest roots, as well as existing technical networks. The swarm of posts means that the deck is extremely slender, making it easier to integrate the structure visually into the canopy. The footbridge is made of polished stainless steel, a raw and durable material that plays with light and perspective. Depending on the point of view, the time of day or the season, the swarm of poles fades into or appears against the forest background.

Structural Engineering