Bayer has given a task to Loeb Capote Architects to design a small scale bridge for pedestrians and cyclists nearby the Bayer Headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That is beginning of story of creating ultimate pedestrian bridge. Like two giant lilypads floating in the water, the Friedrich Bayer Bridge spins to allow boats to pass while pedestrians and cyclists wait above. Composed of two metal islands that are covered with lush greenery, the design establishes a pleasant waiting area for foot traffic while the boats pass.
The concept was inspired by waterlilies. Held above the water by the emerging stems, two round platforms are surrounded by a metallic structure are placed on top of concrete pillars. By day the semi circles look like floating gardens and seamlessly integrate the structure into the surrounding landscape, while the vegetation also helps to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. Green islands were planted mainly with native species.
By night the bridge stands out through its colorful LED lighting design. The main deck is made of see-through metal grating and wood planks. Using of different materials was intending to separate pedestrian traffic from the cyclist route.
Besides connecting the two sides of the canal, the Friedrich Bayer Bridge generates a place to contemplate the landscape.