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2 - Intro to HDA

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7 rue Pecquay 75004 ParisT +33 (0) 1 42 78 07 07F +33 (0) 1 42 78 01 02hda@hda-paris.comwww.hda-paris.comwww.complexitys.com@HDA_Paris| email| web| blog| twitter
The program for the extension of the TGV network in southern Franceincludes a passage through the town of la Roche sur Yon. The town ismodernizing the train station and replacing an 1890’s footbridge overthe railway tracks. The distinctive design of this old bridge consists ofriveted diagonals creating guard rail beams. In collaboration with Ber-nard Tschumi, HDA were commissioned as architects for the design andengineering of the new footbridge. The town is separated by the rail-way tracks into two parts: the historical central neighborhood, whichcontains the ‘Pentagon’ planned by Napoleon on one side and it’s con-temporary counterpart with its modern facilities (stadium, school andresidential zones)one the other.La Roche sur Yon is the birthplace of Robert le Ricolais, engineer,architect, poet and painter, known for his theoretical research on trellisstructures and tensegrity during the 1950’s. This heritage, both intel-lectual and historical, has inspired the design of the footbridge. The di-agonal tube lattice design recalls the existing footbridge and expressesthe passage of forces in the work. At support points, the stresses aremainly shear, in the predominantly vertical direction, and at mid-span,the stresses become principally bending and the direction tends to-wards the horizontal. The natures of the forces are highlighted by ‘T’
section proles for compression and simple rod ties for those in tension.
The result is a harmonious geometrid composition and which expressesthe natural forces within.
HDA role: Architect and Engineer
Railway Footbridge
, La Roche sur Yon TrainStation, France
Co-Architect : Bernard Tschumi Architects (BTuA)Client : SCNF
“Every great event can be summed up by an emblem and a pow-
erful symbol that identies it. Performing this function for Turin
and the XX Winter Olympics is the imposing, futuristic red arch of the pedestrian bridge connecting Lingotto to the former General
Market. It is a symbol that along with many others, changes the city 
skyline, but also stands for the larger process of renewal that the
city had embarked on.”
Sergio Champarino Mayor of Turin
 The parabolic arch, whose inspiration is found in the concretearches of the existing Mercati halls, thereby linking the design toit’s context.The leaning arch, the curving deck and the virtual spaces cre-ated by the cables radiating as spokes from the deck to the arch allcreate drama and excitement. The bridge design is a symbiosis of
engineering and architecture. The architectural composition nds
it’s logic in structural expression. The forces are clearly expressedin the dynamism of the architectural composition. We understandof the passage of forces through the deck, cables and arch to thefoundations. Aesthetic pleasure can be found in feeling the athletic
dynamism of structure. This is a tting and appropriate approach for
a monument to the Olympic games.
«Passerella Olimpica» Winter Games
, Turin, Italy
HDA Role : ArchitectCo-Architect : Benedetto CameranaClient : Agenzia Torino 2006

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