Tabiat Bridge (Persian: پل طبیعت ‎‎ Pol-e Tabi’at, literally:“Nature Bridge”) is the largest pedestrian overpass built in Tehran, Iran. The 270-metre (890 ft) bridge connects two public parks—Taleghani Park and Abo-Atash Park—by spanning Shahid Modarres ave, one of the main highways in northern Tehran.[1] The word tabiat means “nature” in the Persian language.[1][2] The bridge was designed by Leila Araghian. It has won several awards, including the Popular Choice Prize for Highways & Bridges from the Architizer A+ Awards, a global architectural competition based in New York.

History

Tabiat Bridge was designed by Leila Araghian as part of a local competition for the design of a bridge to connect two parks in north Tehran which were separated by a highway.[5] In designing the bridge, a process which took a total of a year, Araghian wanted it to “be a place for people to stay and ponder, not simply pass.”[5] To achieve this the bridge is not straight and contains benches and seating.[4]

Construction of the bridge started in 2010, using a total of 2000 tonnes of steel and 10000 cubic metres of concrete before it was finished in October 2014.[4] Construction of the bridge over a large highway was described as a big challenge, with platforms and temporary tunnels built to ensure that nothing fell on to the road below.