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Crystalline Footbridges in Prague
15 Oct 2020
Crystalline Footbridges
Design: ov ? a
Location: Studentská street, Prague, Dejvice, Czech Republic
Connecting Crystalline Footbridges UCT Prague
The two pedestrian bridges respect the exact location of the originally planned connection of the two buildings designed by their author, the architect Antonín Engel from 1936. He proposed to build two massive brick bridges supported by arcs and pillars, but his vision was never entirely fulfilled.

In 2017, the University of Chemistry and Technology held an invited architectural competition for the design of the current bridges in order to complete the original idea and connect the two ICT buildings into.
The buildings are connected by light glass bridges of a crystalline shape. The three-dimensional grid of steel pipes acts as a tension between the old buildings. The grid connects a rectangle with a hexagon, which refers to the world of organic chemistry - the benzene nucleus.

The crystalline appearance of the connecting bridges carries the sculptural quality and lightness that complements the two existing solid classicizing buildings. Both the almost transparent bridges are seemingly floating above the 24 meters wide public street beneath them as their supporting concrete columns are entirely hidden underneath the historical façades of the CTU building. The glazed crystals become a new brand...
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