Arcocoira – Bridge over the river Plessur, Chur

Arcocoira Brücke Plessur, Chur


Competition, 1st place



Arcocoira is a slender steel arch supporting a curved bridge deck. The sleek and slim configuration conveys elegance and delicacy. Below the arch, the sinusoidal walkway deck is winding in front of pedestrians which provides an exciting and dynamic, three-dimensional experience. The horizontal and narrow path with its small dimensions forms a counterpoint to the arch. The light-weight vertical bars of the guard rail form a filter eliminating any impression of mass in the assembly of structures. Delicately, almost transparently, the roadway connects each river bank and integrates perfectly into the existing surrounding landscape and building structure.

This project is designed in cooperation with Bänziger Partner AG engineering consultants.