New Bridge in Choisy-le-Roi by Jacques Ferrier Architectures -Architecture
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New Bridge in Choisy-le-Roi by Jacques Ferrier Architectures

The new Choisy-le-Roi bridge by Jacques Ferrier Architectures crosses the RER C suburban express railway lines serving passenger traffic to and from the southern Paris region.

Photos by Jacques Ferrier Architectures/Luc Boegly

Photos by Jacques Ferrier Architectures/Luc Boegly

The 70m long bridge has a traffic lane in each direction contained within wide footpaths to either side.

Connecting the recently rehabilitated Port district with its housing, amenities, offices and Imprimerie Nationale workshops as well as Avenue Anatole France to the town centre, the bridge is an essential element in guaranteeing the success of this new district which, until now, has been cut off from the city due to its location between the railway lines and the River Seine.

Photos by Jacques Ferrier Architectures/Luc Boegly

Photos by Jacques Ferrier Architectures/Luc Boegly

The need for uninterrupted traffic flow – with the exception of a two hour break at night – represented the point of departure for the project’s technical and architectural design. It resulted in the bridge being designed as a straight double beam preassembled on one side of the railway lines which was then pushed out over the tracks in two operations, a solution that ensured that the overall span did not require any intermediate supports.

Photos by Jacques Ferrier Architectures/Luc Boegly

Photos by Jacques Ferrier Architectures/Luc Boegly

The infrastructure is contained within in a silvered perforated aluminium grid. This cladding, inspired by the wrapping of the Pont Neuf bridge by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, creates a memorable and poetic image without in any way interfering with the specifically technical aspects of the construction.

Photos by Jacques Ferrier Architectures/Luc Boegly

Photos by Jacques Ferrier Architectures/Luc Boegly

The grid creates a pleat that provides the bridge with a fabric-like sensuality while simultaneously revealing the presence of the structure. This aspect is further emphasised by the green colour that is used, especially successful when lit up at night. The result is that the grid offers a highly distinctive atmosphere when crossing the bridge by car or on foot. The pleat envelops the structure, protecting, surrounding and framing the views at either end.

Jean-Bastien Lagrange

Jean-Bastien Lagrange

Working as Interior Designer in Paris, Jean-Bastien Lagrange has been also involved for a considerable time in its own artistic creation and process, namely in photography.
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Jean-Bastien Lagrange