Bac de Roda Bridge
C/ Felip II and c/ Bac de Roda
The TimeOut guide to Barcelona
describes this bridge as 'one of the finest pieces of recent architecture
in Barcelona.' Even as a Calatrava enthusiast I find that claim hard to
justify as a visitor, though the bridge - completed in 1987, ahead of the Alamillo
bridge in Seville - helped build Calatrava's reputation.
The site, to be fair, is
aesthetically challenging: a road and foot crossing over a set of railway
lines dividing an architecturally drear Barcelona suburb. The generously
wide foot passages, beneath the canopies formed by each of the bridge's
two inclined and split arches, create an attractive promenade across the
former no-man's land.
From the road approach the
bridge looks a little mean. You have to look along the railway, taking in
the full extent of the bridge's arches hidden below road level, for a more
Simon Glynn 2001
How to visit
The bridge joins the Bac de Roda
and Felip II streets in La Sagrera, a suburb on the east side of Barcelona.
Take Metro line 5 to Navas
station. Alternatively, it's about ten minutes from the city center by
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