CRYSTAL ARCH

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Location: Zaragoza-Lerida Motorway. Longitude 0º (Spain)

Owner: ACESA

Type: Arch composed of precast reinforced concrete units faced in glass

Design: 1996

Construction: 1998

Collaborators: Nilo Lletjós Masó. IOC - Barcelona

Scope of work: Conceptual design, construction design

Description

This crystal arch was constructed as a point of reference and singularity on a rather monotonous stretch of the A-2 motorway, exactly where the Greenwich meridian passes.

The arch has an integral structure of reinforced concrete which is covered with screen-printed glass. It is strongly illuminated and can be readily seen overnight.

The arch is built-in between two warped springers made out of reinforced concrete. They ensure the transition between the arch and its foundation.

Technical specifications

- Arch span: 60 m
- Arch clearance: 10.8 m
- Total visual depth: 1.6 m