Simone de Beauvoir Pedestrian Bridge Feichtinger Architectes Paris, July 2006
The pedestrian bridge with a length of 304 meters links the new districts of Paris - Bercyand Tolbiac - and at the same time the new national french library with the Park Tolbiac
The new footbridge maintains the coherence of this unusually open Parisian space by reaching across the river in a single, continuous span, without intermediate supports. The criss-crossing of the pathways permits the free span of 194 meters. Severalpossibilities linked with different perspectives are offered to the pedestrian while crossing the bridge.
The bridge is composed of three parts. It comprises a main central span across the Seine,coupled with two secondary spans across the urban freeways to either side, connected to the French National Library and the Tolbiac Park.
The freeway bridges, relatively independent from the central span, are paired beams,simply-supported across a 35 m span, which use underslung bowstring ties to stiffen the compression deck Two arches and two catenaries placed in parallel form the principal span.