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Cubocta Bridge

A simple function elevated to a artistic solution.
Zeleke Belay
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The cubocta bridge is designed to connect the ‘stairs’ building to an adjacent building. Basically, a simple function elevated to an artistic solution. Walking in the bridge, your experience will be like passing through a series of rhombuses pinned on a single corner vertically making it obvious that you can only walk in this bridge by design.

The Cubocta like the cube packs on itself to form a continuous row both horizontally and vertically. Four of this solids were lined up to form the bridge. In reality you walk inside a row of cuboctas, which makes the structure efficient owed to the fact that you
are actually walking inside a 3D structure.

The bridge extends about nine meters horizontally to the adjacent building without employing any special technique or material rather by taking advantage of the three dimensional nature of the structure. Which was also the reason why the bridge has ended up being super light.

The monolithic appearance of the bridge was further amplified by its laser cut transparent yet solid façade out of a regular sheet metal cut to design and welded carefully in place. Despite complexity of the structure, assembling the bridge took conventional material and skilled labor.

It has been the wish by many that form has a simple answer like ‘form follows function’. But it was not to be that simple.

Form has always been an elusive concept to capture in the practice of architecture. It has been the wish by many that form has a simple answer like ‘form follows function’. But it was not to be that simple. I like that the cubocta poses that challenge. In another level, the cubocta bridge provokes this thought: what form is about, a subject that interests me most. The question when and how form is created.

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