Archdaily's Building of the year 2010 - Bauhärepräis 2012
The idea was to create a direct connection between the heart of the city and the green space (Park of Galgenberg). The overall volume is characterized by a simple and minimalist design philosophy. The gesture has the aim to contrast its chaotic environment (installation lines, power lines, boulevard, bus platforms and trains, roundabouts etc.). The objective was to create a strong image for the station area, hence the unique aesthetics of the project.
The Esch footbridge ('passerelle') is the outcome of a search for identity, form and significance. It aims to grant the city of Esch an intriguing and spectacular landmark, which seems to float between the two worlds. With its covert form it is right in the center of the urban marketing. Weather positive or negative, the bridge certainly provokes particular feelings. It unleashes a storm of questions, and no one is left indifferent. Who is the bridge, where does it lead to? The access to another world would remain unknown, if curiosity didn't push us to take the stairs or use the elevator to get to the top. Reflecting its environment, it likes to change its appearance according to its moods. During daytime, when the weather is nice, it shows itself in a sky-grey dress, whose rounded edges are in powerful contrast with the darkness of the woods beyond. On a cloudy day, the bridge is being withdrawn, in order to merge with the color of the sky. It can even disappear during a thick fog. During the night, it becomes more discreet, yet while being illuminated by the city lights, passing cars and trains. After a pedestrian climbs the stairs, he might feel unarmed due to the impression of being inside the animal's guts. Confronted to its excessive red color, one feels both unsettled and reassured. Unsettled, because he is now in the animal’s mouth, at the first glance carried away by a red carpet which invites to cross on the other side. Reassured, because of the reference to the City, its political context, and connection to the Red Earth area ('Terres Rouges').