Sea Quayside Footbridge, Port Vell, Barcelona
In September 1994 “The Sea Quayside” footbridge or Rambla De Mar is a walkway in Barcelona harbour, and was opened to join the two shores of the Portal of the Pau and the Moll d’Espanya. It’s built at Port vell, a water-front harbour in Barcelona, Spain. It is the work of architects Albert Viaplana and Helio Pinon, and has been built not merely as a crossing to the new commercial development under construction, but also as a means of allowing viewers and pedestrians more space, and a new perspective, from which to enjoy the harbour.
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.