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Calatrava Bridge Barcelona Architecture

Bac de Roda Felipe II, La Sagrera, Catalonia, Northeast Spain, southwestern Europe

post updated 10 May 2024

Date built: 1984-87

Location: La Sagrera, Barcelona, Catalunya, North East Spain, south western Europe

Design: Santiago Calatrava Architect

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Calatrava Bridge Barcelona, La Sagrera

Bac de Roda Felipe II Bridge

Nearest station: Navas

The bridge was constructed to a design by Santiago Calatrava, as part of the preparations for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

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The bridge connects the Carrer de Bac de Roda, to the south in Sant Martí, with the Carrer de Felip II, to the north in Sant Andreu, across the main railway approaches to Barcelona from the north.

The Bac de Roda station, on line 2 of the Barcelona Metro, is some 100 metres (330 ft) to the south of the bridge.

Santiago Calatrava bridge images © Thomas Boczko, received 171006

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In 1987, he completed this project, his first bridge, which for the first time brought him international attention. The bridge, designed for cyclists and pedestrians, connects two parts of the city by crossing a wasteland of railway tracks.

It is 128 metres (420 ft) long, with twin arches which lean at an angle of thirty degrees; a feature which quickly became the stylistic signature of Calatrava. The upper portion of the bridge, composed of steel arches and cables, is light and airy, like a network of lace, anchored to the massive concrete supports and granite pillars below.

His next bridge, the Puente del Alamillo (1987–1992), in Seville, Spain, was even more spectacular and cemented his reputation. Built as part of the 1992 Expo 92, it is 200 metres (660 ft) long, crossing the Meandro San Jeronimo River.

Its main feature is a single pylon 142 metres (466 ft) high, leaning to 58 degrees, the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt in Africa. The weight of the concrete of the pylon is sufficient to hold up the bridge with just thirteen pairs of cables, eliminating the need for any cables behind it.

source: wikipedia

Location: La Sagrera, Barcelona, Catalunya, Northeast Spain, southwestern Europe

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