Cairo Bridge (2020)

The project in question concerns the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Nile in the city of Cairo in Egypt. In reality, the project involves not a simple bridge but the creation of a real piece of city suspended on the river and connecting the two banks of the Nile.

Cairo Bridge

Project Details

The project was inspired by two elements that characterize the Nile, one plant and another animal: the lotus and the crocodile.
A crocodile, covered with lotus flowers, extends from one side of the river. The idea is to create a piece of the city that crosses the Nile uniting the two sides, creating a place of life on the river.
From the Egyptian Museum walk the ramp, covered in limestone, to his right a new public park with paths that draw a lotus flower are separated by water tanks. On top of the ramp it gets inside the bridge, inside buildings on two floors house offices, cultural venues, tourist and information structures, covered in limestone. Through the Corten steel cover the sun is filtered inside giving details of shadow games. At the end of this path uphill you reach the middle part where a small village characterized by a maze of paths and made vital by the presence of catering activities and retail sale of local products..
The central path is shaded by the overlying exhibition gallery, while those along the side streets can enjoy the view of the river through the lotus flowers. The building blocks are divided on the basis of the visual axes whose focal points are buildings and surrounding monuments.
Through the tail falls to the other side along a path surrounded by palm trees and sessions in calcareous stone and shaded by a cover in ETFE towel. Finally, the path ends with another ramp limestone surrounded by a palm grove in which are kept the tanks and the existing obelisk.

Structure

The bridge has a structure in 3 spans with steel pylons lotus-shaped of reinforced concrete columns. To overcome the lights between a support and another, it is imagined a box structure in which both the deck that the coverage perform a load-bearing function. The material used for the structure is the Corten steel, both for beams, both for the elements which reproduce the lotus flower, and that, in addition to having a decorative function, also have a structural function of stiffening.