Building an outdoor public panoramic lift between the historic Pfaffenthal district and the Upper Luxembourg city is a multi-challenge project: promoting soft traffic (pedestrians and bicycles), opening up a free and fast valley area traffic, and creating a work of art, symbolizing The area is harmoniously integrated into this UNESCO-protected landscape.
Since the middle of 2016, this public facility has attracted a wide range of users. From cyclists to work, to tourists or ordinary residents, everyone discovers the city from the most spectacular angle!
The project was carried out by the City of Luxembourg and was designed by STEINMETZDEMEYER in collaboration with INCA Associate Engineers and Jean Schmit Engineering. The panoramic lift is located in the heart of the historic Pfaffenthal district, directly to Pescatore Park, where guests have direct access to the city’s cycle paths and sidewalks. In addition, these links have greatly contributed to the development of tourism and culture in Luxembourg.
Architects aim to maximize the comfort and experience of a variety of users. To facilitate the rider’s movement, the cab is equipped with two large opposing doors. Therefore, they do not have to be manipulated back and forth between the top and bottom channels.
The hut is suspended above the valley and is completely exposed, glazed from floor to ceiling on half of its surface. As such, it provides the user with a landscape tour through the quarry, support wall, and side timber, completed in 30 seconds on the magnificent panorama of the Alzette Valley and the Kirchberg Plateau.
At the upper exit of the panoramic lift, a footbridge is suspended from the side of the tower. This pedestrian bridge is launched above the valley with over 9 meters of cliffs to provide a fantastic panoramic view of the architecture and contemporary heritage of the city of Luxembourg: the medieval Pfaffenthal district, the 1960s art Pont-Rouge (“The Red Bridge” “), the Kirchberg district and blog in the development of continuous cities, witnessed the origin of the city in 963. The most reckless people can watch this wonderful view through a glass more than 60 meters away from the area!
Practical, sustainable, aesthetically pleasing and providing an unforgettable experience, STDM Architects always aim at these qualities when designing this public panoramic lift. Today this public panoramic lift constitutes a milestone in the valley and gives new features to the historical area of Pfaffenthal.
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