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OMA to design Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, Bordeaux (FR)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 05.01.2014 - Tagged as: ,

OMA design for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

OMA design for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

OMA, The Office for Metropolitan Architecture, has won an international competition to design the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc, the sixth bridge across the river Garonne in Bordeaux and the first bridge design to be realized by OMA.

 

 

OMA designs for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

OMA designs for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

“Positioned at the heart of the Euratlantique project, Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc provides a link between the municipalities of Bègles and Floriac.” says OMA. “But more than simply connecting two points of land separated by water, the bridge itself also offers a generous new public space in the city.”

 

OMA model for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

OMA model for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

“Its considerable 44m by 545m expanse, a continuous surface stretching well beyond the banks of the river, seamlessly connects to the land. The gently sloping surface enables a pedestrian promenade while still allowing the necessary clearance for boats beneath. All traffic modes – including private cars, public transport, bicycles and foot traffic – are accommodated by its width, with the largest allowance devoted to pedestrians.”

 

OMA designs for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

OMA designs for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

Says Clément Blanchet, director of OMA France: “The bridge itself is not the ‘event’ in the city, but a platform that can accommodate events of the city. We wanted to provide the simplest expression – the least technical, least lyrical, but the most concise and effective structural solution.”

 

OMA design for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

OMA design for the Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc in Bordeaux, France

Completion is scheduled for 2018.

 

to the OMA website

 

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