The Yamuna River Project

Vikas Marg Pedestrian Bridge

Phil Chang

The Vikas Marg pedestrian bridge redefines the common concept of bridge infrastructure. More than a mere transition from one riverbank to another, the project introduces new ways in which Delhi's citizens can engage and access the Yamuna River. The project combines both functional and leisure components that cater to the experience and safety of the pedestrian. Separate paths provide a safe mode of transportation for cyclists. Informal market spaces and seating areas enliven the atmosphere within to mimic what already happens on the streets. Programmatic docks open the opportunity for boat rentals, outdoor pools, island accessibility, and ceremonial practices. Additionally, a covered canopy structure isolates the pedestrian space from the two motorways that flank it. Canvas sheets are hung on a basic steel framework to enclose the space on the bridge and create a dynamic play of light and shadow.

 

In converting this negative space into a productive space, pedestrian activities are provided with their own place of activity. In doing so, the project enables a host of different programmatic elements currently unassimilated with the center of the river. Spaces that are normally unoccupied are activated by the pedestrian presence of the project. The project balances practical and leisure activities to function both as a space of transition and destination.

Vikas Marg Bridge, aerial image.

West Perspective, pedestrian mobility corridor.

Vikas Marg Bridge.

Pedestrian corridor and public space.

South Perspective, Vikas Marg Bridge.

Typical sections.

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