Slender wood-clad footbridge by DVVD arcs over Paris' Boulevard Périphérique | Dezeen

Slender wood-clad footbridge by DVVD arcs over Paris' Boulevard Périphérique

A+Awards: another of this year's winners at the Architizer A+Awards is a wood-sided bridge that connects Paris with the suburb of Aubervilliers.

Designed by French architecture studio DVVD, the bridge gently curves over the busy dual carriageways at a point north of the city centre.

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"We designed it as a thin recognisable line overflying the main European ring road," said the firm. "It binds the streets on each side in a smooth movement that creates continuity, sequences the views and livens up the crossing."

It was created as part of a programme to reconnect Paris with its suburbs, which were largely cut off for pedestrians after the 22-mile ring road was built during the mid-20th century.

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"The Périphérique doesn't appear as an insurmountable barrier anymore: it is reinstated as a boulevard," DVVD said.

Chosen to add warmth, the wood strips that run along each side of the steel structure reduce car noise for crossing pedestrians and cyclists.

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The bridge was installed in just one night to keep traffic disruption to a minimum, and won in the Highways and Bridges at this year's A+Awards.

Organised by Architizer, the awards promote and celebrate the year's best projects and products.

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Their stated mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life. Find out more about the A+Awards ›

Entries are now being accepted for the next A+Awards. Enter the 2017 A+Awards ›

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Photography is by Luc Boegly.

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