Festina Lente bridge by Adnan Alagić,
Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

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A looping bridge by three Bosnian product design students has been completed outside the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo (+ slideshow).

Festina Lente by Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić won the competition for the design of the bridge five years ago while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Festina Lente by Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

Called Festina Lente, which in Latin means "make haste, slowly", the looping bridge spans 38 metres over the Miljacka river and loops-the-loop in the middle to create a shelter with two seats.

Festina Lente by Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

"The basic idea of the bridge is the union of the secular and spiritual," explain the designers, noting that the academy was formerly a church. "The loop on the bridge is a symbolic gate," they add.

Festina Lente by Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

The steel bridge is paved with aluminium plates and fitted with benches made of smooth round logs. At night the bridge is lit by LEDs.

Festina Lente by Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

We recently featured a temporary bridge held up by enormous helium-filled balloons and a bridge with an arched level for pedestrians and a zig-zagging level for cyclists.

Festina Lente by Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

We've also previously featured a looping motorway imagined by Dutch architects NL and an elevated pathway that looks like a rollercoaster.

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Here's some more information from the designers:


Festina Lente (lat. hurry slowly), lightweight, agile, adaptable casual contact among all objects and human beings.

The basic idea of the bridge is the union of the secular and spiritual and to establish a balance between left and right side. Crossing the bridge is a unique experience because of its specific layout and the views that we encounter when going through the gate (the closed part of the bridge), preparing us to enter into another dimension and awake spirituality. Technological solutions and the modern design of the bridge become the brand of Sarajevo.

Festina Lente by Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

The tender for the construction of a pedestrian bridge was announced in 2007, and five years later the bridge was built. The bridge construction is steel with aluminium trim and a glass fence. The bridge spans 38 metres. The bridge creates a true "genius loci" appropriate to the area in front of the temple as the Academy of Fine Arts. The former church, today the Academy of Fine Arts, was built in the time of the Viennese secession.

Its form is unique, simple and attractive at the same time and because of the unexpectedness triggers a series of associations, establishing a new vision. The loop on the bridge is a symbolic gate – in our traditions, entrances in the cities have always been marked by gates. Line appears on most Secession facilities, among which is the Academy of Fine Arts.

Festina Lente by Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

Around the bridge we have different styles of facilities and two benches which are completely different, one covered with grass and another built from stone, which we decided on for visual contrast. On the bridge are two benches in covered sections, so it's a place of meeting and interacting. White LED lights light the bridge.

Authors: Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić and Amila Hrustić

  • ema

    At first, I was thinking this is BAD, like really really BAAAAADDDD, but actually it’s not. It has “something” – story, atmosphere, I don’t know. The point is I believe what they say.

  • bla

    The materials that are used are awful. The thing is slippery when dry!

  • http://twitter.com/archi_USE @archi_USE

    Thought it was about the broken bridge between people in recent past; therefore halfway you can’t go on like before and have to step aside.

  • stoprocent

    Hej, but this is copy of my project, Love Loop : )
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=457835757

  • http://www.keurk.com KeurK

    A copy of yours or mine? http://www.ac-ca.org/assets/images/03bigWinner/03

    Quite nice, but these benches hinder cyclists.

    • Corazón

      This bridge is six years old.

      • KeurK

        Just kidding.

      • Ivana

        No, it’s not. The construction began and finished this year.

        • Corazón

          Yeah, but the idea is six years old. Contest was a long time ago – from idea to realisation has obviously taken a while.

    • Jean

      And both your projects are copy of a Hotwheels track: http://www.gearbits.com/images/hotwheels.jpg

  • Rob

    Hey, guess what? They got theirs judged as being the best and they also got theirs built. Prize goes to three men featured in this article. Congratulations.

  • Nenad

    A symbolic and significant work. Coming from the region, I can say that this bridge has a deeper meaning related to the last 20 years of the Balkans and represents the past and the future, in a very abstract and simplified way. For those who think it’s bad, please get informed on the recent history of Bosnia and what was destroyed in the recent period.

  • michele

    The benches kill the whole thing.

  • Melanie

    Looks like a bird caught in flight. Wonderful city and wonderful bridge… only handrail seems a little too thick.

  • Nja

    Oh come on _ what do you mean it’s a copy? The form is very different between the two bridges. The concept maybe is similar, but there are a lot of similarities between a huge number of buldings.