THE NEW ENTRANCE PORTAL TO THE BRESSANONE-VARNA BY-PASS, BOLZANO
A sculptural mouth uniting landscape, infrastructure and mobility
A new entry portal to the centre of Bressanone completes the recent extension of the Bressanone-Varna By-Pass. Marking the point of intersection between infrastructure and landscape, the project consists of a series of interconnected and largely underground roads designed to reduce traffic volume and provide an alternative route at the edge of two urban centres. The architects wished to minimise the impact of all elements above ground. These elements, and those below ground, were conceived homogenously and designed to adapt to the topography and particularities of the surrounding territory. As new entrances, the portals of the central junction were designed as expressive elements. Their elevated ends emerge from the concealed and invisible network of roads to mediate different speeds of travel and the layers of urban settlement.