Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten

Architects: Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten
Location: Ennetbaden, Switzerland
Architect In Charge: R. Matthias Leuppi, Stephanie M. Schafroth
Year: 2007
Photographs: Roger Frei

Clients: Baden City Building Department, Ennetbaden Town Planning Department
Structural Engineers: Henauer Gugler AG
Artist: Beat Zoderer

The Limmat River winds around the town of Baden and forms a valley that naturally separates it from the neighboring village of Ennetbaden. This geological feature impedes the connection between the two towns.  As such, a direct access for pedestrians and bicyclists has been needed for decades.

Situated on the same location where a cable ferry over the river once existed, a steel structure bridges the approximately 30 meter high and 80 meter long distance between the two points. This new linear path – perceivable as a walk-through sculpture – is composed of a horizontal bridge, a vertical elevator tower and a horizontal walkway.

Red-brown in color – varying in shade depending on the light – this steel artifact complements its surroundings. At night, the indirectly illuminated structure glows in the landscape.

Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift  / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten © Roger Frei
Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift  / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten © Roger Frei
Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift  / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten © Roger Frei
Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift  / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten © Roger Frei
Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift  / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten © Roger Frei
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Limmat Footbridge and Promenade Lift / Leuppi & Schafroth Architekten originally appeared on ArchDaily, the most visited architecture website on 24 Jan 2013.

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