The winning design of the competition from the year 2009 blends in harmoniously with the bridge building tradition of arch bridges in Lyon.
The bridge provides a direct link between the conference centre ‘Cité Internationale’ and the neighbouring quarter St. Claire and forms a landmark that is first seen from the high-speed rail track entering Lyon.
The 220 m long pedestrian bridge in Lyon spans in a very smooth way over the 160 m wide river Rhône. Two cantilevers are built of a three dimensional asymmetric tube structure. The steel structure is covered with light wooden planks. The bridge is extremely slender and offers a maximum of transparency.
Two walkways lead to the riverbanks. The major one on top links the quay level, it is five meters large and divided into a bicycle lane and a footpath facing towards the city. The second walkway follows the lower arch of the structure and links the lower riverbanks. In the middle of the river the two paths join and form a eight meters large public space offering a fabulous view.