The architecture practice atelier d21 teamed with Monod Piguet + ATB, has won the competition to build a new footbridge over the railway tracks in Delémont, the Swiss city capital of the canton of Jura.

This intervention, which is located close to the station and provides an additional connection to the platforms, is part of the measures aimed at strengthening the links between the city centre and the future eco-district at “Gare Sud”.

The footbridge has a smooth, light and elegant shape that is inserted into the pattern of solids and voids on both sides of the tracks. The solids would be the station buildings and the voids, the accesses to the platforms, improved with new street furniture and vegetation.
The footbridge, designed by atelier d21 + Monod Piguet + ATB, has a variable width from 4 meters to 9.50 meters, the project will integrate all the necessary measures to favour the movement of people with reduced mobility. A cover will ensure comfortable use in all climates and can accommodate photovoltaic panels. The project may also house connection elements, in the shape of stairs and elevators, to guarantee direct access to the CFF platforms.

The distance between the new footbridge and the west building of the station allows us to value the architecture of the train station. The footbridge design allows the coexistence between pedestrians and two-wheeled vehicles, separated by a partition adorned with benches and vegetation. The footbridge widens in its northern area to offer meeting spaces, walks, rest or even contemplation, without hindering circulation.
 
"...stands out from other similar proposals due to the fluidity of its shape that allows it to be inserted equidistant from the existing buildings to the south of the tracks. The intelligence of the proposal also emerges from the existing square on the station side and provides compelling support for the urban perspective of the new rue Jeanne Haas-Ulmann. Thanks to its construction system of metal boxes under the deck, it integrates optimally into the context, ensuring the perpendicular crossing of the track bundle as well as good accessibility to the platforms in the long term.

...These open spaces give the two ends of the route a particular urban quality and reduce its linear appearance."
Jury Statement

Rendering. Competition for a new footbridge in Delémont by atelier d21. Image by Camera Picta.
 

Project description by atelier d21 + Monod Piguet + ATB

The new footbridge is a solid and efficient connection within Delémont city. It is part of the measures aimed at strengthening the links between the city centre of Delémont and the eco-district in the “Gare Sud” sector.

Covering the tracks perpendicularly, it offers a fluid, light and elegant architecture that minimizes the impact on the railway tracks. The walkway is also part of a full/empty system generated by the position of the station buildings. The gaps give access to the platforms.

The distance between the new footbridge and the west building of the station allows the station's architectural heritage to be valued while providing an additional connection with the platforms, embellished with new urban furniture and vegetation that liven up the wait.

The architecture of the walkway allows it to be crossed easily by all kinds of cycles. The flows of pedestrians and two-wheelers are visibly separated by a physical boundary adorned with benches and vegetation. In the northern part, the walkway widens to offer recreational areas such as meeting spaces, walks, rest or even contemplation, without hindering circulation. This expansion also opens up more space for future access to the platforms.

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atelier d21.- Antonio Pulido, arch. Louise Carpentier, arch. Enrique Rollan, arch. Jaime Anton, arch. Annika Resin, stag.)

Monod-Piguet + Associés Ingénieurs Conseils SA..- Benjamin Moroni, ing. EPF

Damien Scantamburlo, ing. EPF, Olivier Tappy, ing. EPF, César Ribiero, dess.

ATB SA., civil engineers in Delémont.- Frédéric Brunner, ing. HES, Anthony Maître, ing. EPF.
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Competition.- January, 2023.

Planned start date break ground.- 2025.
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Delémont, Switzerland.
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atelier d21. The architecture practice was born from the union of the energies and interests of 3 architects, Jaime Antón Albaladejo, Antonio Luis Pulido Roa and Enrique Rollan Usero, for the participation in an architecture competition at number 21 Davel avenue in Lausanne.

On April 21, 2016, the study was consolidated by winning the first prize in the competition for the EMS La Cigale (Lausanne).

D21 offers an architecture of Mediterranean origin, impregnated with rigor and Swiss know-how. This approach aims to meet the expectations of its clients in an orderly and pragmatic manner, whether for renovations or new construction.
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