Pont St. Louis

Fall 2008, Instructors: Peter McCleary and Mohamad Al Khayer

The bridge is a “hollow rope.” This structural technique, pioneered by Robert Le Ricolais and Peter McCleary, uses tension and weaving to provide strength with minimum material. The woven wires are put in tension and create stiffness while the diaphragms take compression. Since the banks of the river are weak, the anchorages allow the horizontal forces to be transferred vertically to more solid ground.