Complex Urban Development – Mihai Voda Bridge, pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Dambovita River and underground parking
Part of the Integrated Urban Development Project for Bucharest (PIDU)
Type: urban design, infrastructure; Function: pedestrian and bicycle bridge; Location: Bucharest, Romania; Client: Bucharest Municipality; Design: Structural engineering: Iptana; Area: Plot area: 20,418mp; Built area: 2,682mp, Status: ongoing; Year: 2011
Currently, the pedestrian connection between the Historical Center, Izvor Park and on to points of interest in the southern city is blocked by the disappearance of Mihai Voda Bridge in the ’80s. Therefore raises the necessity to develop a bicycle and pedestrian bridge, crossing Dambovita and Splaiul Independentei Street in front of Lipscani Street.
The bridge is designed as an “urban room”, a place of community and introspection. The silhouette of the bridge supports the force lines of the urban tissue, clearly defining the open space from the built one and thus creating a favorable connection to the Square which houses the Holocaust Memorial.
On the cultural level, the bridge is a symbol of collective memory, by symbolically reconstructing the old Mihai Voda Bridge. It also aims to fill the lack of facilities and services which affects the Izvor Park by providing meeting and socializing places positioned towards west to fully exploit the views of sunset over the water mirror of Dambovita River. On the right bank, the descending is through a broad planted amphitheater, offering a resting place and the pretext for urban events.
The underground parking is organized on both sides of Dambovita River, on left bank unfolding on two levels and offering 127 parking spaces and on the right side on one level having 150 parking spaces.