Pedestrian Bridge in Warsaw

Date: 2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Stage: Architectural Competition
Award: Specjal Jury Prize
Cooperation: SUD Architekt
Visualisation: XDWA

The bridge structure consists of three arches, connecting Vistula River banks without an intermediate support in the riverbed. The bridge gains lightness and seems to float above the river’s surface.

The lower platform, with a slight inclination, was designed as a fast pedestrian-bicycle crossing, joining both banks of the Vistula in the shortest possible way. Protected against adverse weather conditions as a reliable and efficient communication service adapted for people with reduced mobility. This level is available directly from the level of the Vistula Boulevards, the level of Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie and Wybrzeże Helskie.

The upper jetty is a walking path with an observation deck located centrally above the riverbed. This terrace is also accessible from the level of the Vistula Boulevards, the level of Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie and Wybrzeże Helskie, as well as a pedestrian-bicycle path wading among the trees on the Prague side of the city. This crossing has a landscape character, and the created high quality public space gives a unique perspective on the Old Town and the silhouette of Warsaw. Observation deck, which is on the route connecting the Saska axis with ul. Ząbkowska, organized perpendicular to the Vistula boulevards, has a chance to become the summer saloon of Warsaw. For visitors to the Old Town, a pedestrian-bicycle crossing opens the possibility of a visit to the Prague side. It gives an additional development impulse for the Praga city side.