Recycled Peruvian Bridge Doubles As Open-Air Building

What defines a building? Four walls and roof? Multiple rooms? Madrid-based practice OOIIO Architecture is turning these ideas on their ear with a new open-air building concept in Lima, Peru. The structure, which is actually a foot bridge between two thriving districts, creates areas for rest and shade without demanding that pedestrians go “inside”.

Designed to be a new landmark for the city, the Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge incorporates inspirational elements from Peruvian mining, ‘Latin Special Day Objects’ such as piñatas, and spiked Inca jewelry. It is these dramatic spikes in the architecture that provide protection from the elements for those who would like to pause in their journey from one side to the other.

Miraflores is a very touristy part of Lima, filled with shops and colorful parks, while Barranco is a less flashy part of town, where many local musicians, artists and designers make their home. As its name suggests, the Miraflores-Barranco Pedestrian Bridge will provide an easy way for tourists to make their way from one to the other, discovering a more genuine Lima without having to hail a taxi.

Lima Recycled Pedestrian Bridge

Image via OOIIO Architecture

Its designers say the bridge, which won’t be completed until 2016, will utilize recycled timber to create a multi-pronged, elevated walkway that makes it easy to cross between districts in a safe manner. Besides shade and shelter, the architectural points built into the bridge will serve as informal amphitheatres for buskers or amateur performers and viewing platforms for those who wish to enjoy the landscape.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog