Nature Bridge

Nature Bridge

The Nature Bridge, that is one of the symbols of the city of Tehran, offers you a unique view of the Iranian capital; In addition, thanks to the space and facilities such as cafes and restaurants, you can spend hours on the bridge and capture these moments forever by taking photos and taking selfies.

Nature Bridge is the largest non-vehicle bridge in the Middle East and the first non-vehicle bridge in Iran. The three-story nature bridge in the Abbasabad area of ​​Tehran is a pedestrian bridge that connects the two main parks in the capital. With its unique structure, this bridge has won numerous international awards, such as the 2016 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and has been mentioned many times. Nature Bridge is mentioned as the largest non-vehicle bridge in the Middle East and the first non-vehicle bridge in Iran.

When you stand on this bridge, the main highways of Tehran, namely Modares, Hemmat and Haqqani highways are under your feet. In addition, you can see the beautiful view of Taleghani Park, the lighthouse of Ports Park, the flag tower, the fire towers in the water and Fire Park and the enamel dome. If you raise your head a little and look at the horizon, you will see the southern slope of Alborz and Damavand mountains.

The nature bridge is a structure with an organic design and resembles its tree, that is completely compatible with the environment, and the tree shape of the columns is a kind of continuation of the connection of two green spaces by this bridge. Leila Iraqi, the designer of the Nature Bridge, says about the Nature Bridge concept:

Tehran Nature Bridge is inspired by the 33 bridges of Isfahan (that is considered to be Isfahan Nature Bridge); A place whose name refers to the 33 arches on the body of the bridge; But the feeling that visitors get is not unlike the visit to Khajou Bridge; A place that has been the center of public meetings, poetry readings and traditional teahouses.

Thinking of the architect of the nature Birage

One day my colleague and I were walking in the streets of Tehran, we came to an alley where a bridge crossed a river. An old piece of furniture was in front of one of the houses. We pulled out the piece of furniture and put it on the bridge. I thought, why do we always have to just cross the bridge? Why not have a chance to relax and experience a new atmosphere? This issue remained in my mind until the Nature Bridge race was raised. The first thing that came to my mind was that this bridge should be a place where people can relax and have fun, pause safely and without haste, and look at the surrounding scenery. Then other points were added, such as being twisted so that the end of the path could not be seen and people could feel discovery and freedom of action.

First floor: On the first floor of the Nature Bridge, there are spaces for round trips so that you can enjoy the delicious taste of Persian and French food in the green environment and spectacular view of this area along with your tour. Nature Nature Bridge food court is located on the east side of the bridge and includes several coffee shops, Persian restaurants and fast food that has a capacity for about 300 people. The area of ​​this floor is about 1450 square meters and its walls are covered with glass.

Second floor: This floor, which covers an area of ​​about 2870 square meters, has a cozy atmosphere and thanks to the benches that have been placed in different parts of it, you can get a little tired and make the most of the tranquility and all this beauty.

Third floor: If you go to the third floor of the Nature Bridge, which has an area of ​​571 square meters, the extraordinary view of Tehran, especially at sunset, will take your mind away. This floor is the best place for a bridge for walking; Especially since there are two viewing platforms in the north and south, where you can both watch the surrounding scenery and take first-class photos.

Since the Nature Bridge, as the largest sidewalk in Tehran, connects the two Taleghani and water and fire parks in the Abbasabad area; It is possible to enter the bridge from both parks. In this way, the nature bridge is not just for connecting two points to each other and the bridge can be accessed from both sides.

The nature bridge consists of three floors and the first, second and third floors are 1450, 2870 and 571 square meters, respectively. This bridge, which is 300 meters long and weighs 2,000 tons, is the largest non-vehicle bridge in Iran and is among the sights of Tehran province. The area of ​​this bridge is about 7000 square meters, of which 480 square meters is dedicated to restaurants, coffee shops and 720 square meters to green space. Here are five basic ideas for designing a nature bridge, which we will briefly present.

1. Stairs are usually paths to cross from one point to another; But the bridge was designed from the beginning as a place to stay. When the bridge connects the two parks, it can be part of it and be used for entertainment with a bench, restaurant and seating areas.

2. The Nature Bridge does not simply connect two points (parks) and has more than one entrance, and its branches lead to different parts of the park.

3. Confidentiality has also been part of the project’s goals. In general, stairs usually have a smooth path, the end of which can be seen from the beginning. The curves and curves of the Nature Bridge prevent you from seeing the end, which adds to the bridge’s appeal.

4. Due to the existence of two parks with a large number of trees on both sides of the bridge, in this project we tried to consider places with the least trees for the columns and the beginning and end points of the bridge so that the least damage to trees and the environment.

5. The structure and architecture of the nature bridge are not separate from each other, and the reason for building the bridge in three floors was so that the architecture would not be sacrificed for the stability of the bridge. All the elements of the bridge, in addition to contributing to the architectural form, have made the bridge structurally stagnant.

In addition to the use of special materials and pipes, the highest standards and safety factor have been observed to build the bridge so that the nature bridge will live for 100 years and will be resistant to natural disasters such as earthquakes above seven Richter. The cost of building the Nature Bridge was about $ 18 million. In addition, one of the features that makes the Nature Bridge unique is the 14,000 pieces of steel that have been cut, assembled, installed and welded at a height of 40 meters.

The architect and designer of the Nature Bridge, Leila Iraqi and Alireza Behzadi are from the “Diba Fabric Structures” group. Leila Iraqi, born on October 9, 1983, holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Shahid Beheshti University and a master’s degree in architecture from UBC University in Canada.

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