L'Argens Bridge

Structural Designer

Webb Yates Engineers

Client Name

Private

Location

Toulon, France

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A 28m span pedestrian suspension bridge designed to be very lightweight and low impact. Fabricated in 15 sections made up of a perimeter frame with crossing bars at varying angles, the sections and supporting cables were transported to the South of France, near Toulon, and assembled using a zip wire to haul them across and fixed in place one by one due to an extremely inaccessible site.

Judge's comment:

The designers have created an elegant and carefully crafted structure the simplicity of which has resulted in a wholly appropriate form, fitting perfectly into and responding well to the particular constraints of the site.  They have demonstrated an ability to confront challenging practical and economical constraints with elegance and efficiency.