ibrahim joharji

ibrahim joharji

Jeddah, SA



A revolutionary design for a pedestrian bridge over the river

 The bridge is preforming as an urban mediator, because not only does it create a direct connection between the two sides of the river, it also creates numerous activities and interventions to encourage the social engagement and the community into connecting. There can be also found areas with programmatic opportunities for economic growth.

The starting point of the bridge can be placed and be controlled anywhere as it creates fluid movement through the city. The circulation of pedestrians and cyclists is enriched with the views, various frames and artistic objects. The width of the bridge is more than 100 meters and the height is less than 5.5 meters. With this width of course the passing boats are allowed.

Depending on the needs of the visitors there is a direct route, when they are in a hurry, and a winding, more interesting route. This winding route is passing through the port and gives amazing views because is looking over the river. The loop that is created is great for integrating some architectural details. At the same time it creates a hole in the middle, wider part of the bridge which is perfect for natural ventilation and lighting in this area. This middle and more spacious part of the bridge is perfect for public gatherings, interactions and can be used as a social area. Under this part, as the loop route goes, there is an interesting area that includes a kiosk, a gift and security area, and even a small shopping area for the visitors.

The materials used for the façade of the bridge are modern and interactive with their surroundings. To make this kinetic façade that changes dynamically rather than being static or fixed, moving balls are used that allow movement to occur on the building’s surface. This façade goes perfect with the water and making a waterfall wall, in which case the water would fall on the moving balls and then continue to flow in to the river.

The idea for the roof is to be transparent and that can be made of polycarbonate sheets or even PVC roofing sheets, which are usually cheaper and scratch resistant. The strong transparent qualities easily enable light and sun to pass through this roof material and allow the area below to be brighter.

The spin of the bridge is touching the surface of the water of the river so slightly that it even appears as it is floating above the water. The idea of this contact between the bridge and the river is that it can be used as a boat port, that is, as a boat area altogether that is integrated with the bridge and the other program.

This project shows that one bridge can be used not just an infrastructural objects that just takes you from side to another, but also it can have an interesting and versatile program, taking into account the advantages of the water from the river, the passing boats and the architectural interventions that provide different spaces for every passing visitor.

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Status: Competition Entry
Location: Cairo, EG