The £2.5 million project is built largely of weather resistant wood beams (bolondo or African teka), with a minimal use of metal and glass. Perpendicular glass panels, which diffuse the night light, mark the limits of the 300m length and 8-30m width, and the irregularity of the sinuous structure is designed to capture the attention. Viaplana is keen that the pedestrians play a vital role in the life of the structure: “The architecture needs actors, and should not just be contemplated aesthetically” he explained.
The floor of the footbridge (Rambla De Mar) includes a middle section which rises to allow the passage of small vessels. The architects also had to consider the needs of 300 vessels moored to the Royal Maritime Club and the Royal Nautical Club, and have provided them with two crossings. Since, the footbridge has been a major tourist attraction at the Port Vell, which provides a magnificient view of the Barcelona harbour.