Beirut, Lebanon

The Net Bridge grew from a design competition launched for the Beirut central district marina. The original competition requirements were for a small private footbridge mainly intended to service the residents of the Beirut and Platinum Towers. Our counter‐proposal was to turn it into a public bridge, opening the piazza with a wide, woven bridge into the marina.

This proposed pedestrian bridge of five lanes, in reference to its aesthetic inspired by the fisherman’s net, is characterized by sinusoidal forms that converge at different points, where one could pause and linger to savor the 360° view of the sea and city coastline. Its curvature is also a reflection of the direction of traffic flow beneath. The bridge is a sculptural gesture that weaves together all the edges that the project needs to address. It functions as a unifying element of the entire Marina and creates a gateway to Beirut.