Metro Arkitekter (Sweco Architects) have designed the Skyttelbron Shuttle Bridge, a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge that connects the West and East side of the rail yard in Lund Central Station, Sweden. The bridge comes as a pop of colour in an environment otherwise full of shades of gray, brown and green. The project was shortlisted for the 2014 World Architecture Festival.
The architects have inserted warm vivid colours into each of the stairs and platform, creating a pleasant environment from the exterior, as well as acting as a filter for the light, similar to that of stained-glass windows. Each set of stairs and platform was given a different colours.
A simple design. We wanted to keep the design together with a simple shape, while we wanted to use as few materials as possible. Colored glass, concrete and RHEINZINK titanium zinc in two different shades.
– Metro Arkitekter
The stairs posed a challenge for the architects as the bridge was located where the platforms end, gradually decreasing the width. The location of the four stairs led to a zig-zag profile, wrapping and twisting around the elevators, in quite a sculptural way.
The architects opted for Titanium Zinc as the roofing material. This would withstand the harsh environment of the Swedish winters, require little to no maintenance, as well as create a pleasant contrast against the coloured glass.
One of the main requirements was the construction itself. The structures had to be easy to built, as the bridge would be built alongside the tracks and then moved and assembled on site at night over a few weekends. Large circular skylights were inserted into the roof of the bridge to help illuminate the walkway during the day.
Architects: Metro Arkitekter (Sweco Architects)
Team: Rafael Palomo, Claes R. Janson, Karin Andersson, Mikael Dankull, Alberto Tenti
Location: Lund Centralstation, 222 21 Lund, Sweden
Photographs: Felix Gerlach
*All images and information courtesy of World Architecture Festival.