The Looping ‘Festina Lente’ Bridge

In 2007, design students Adnan Alagić, Bojan Kanlić, and Amila Hrustić, won a competition to design a pedestrian bridge that linked the Academy of Fine Arts and a street in Sarajevo. Five years later, the ‘Festina Lente’ looping bridge is now complete and spans 38 meters over the river as a gateway to what was a church but is now one of the school’s buildings.

Called ‘Festina Lente’, which in Latin means “make haste, slowly”, the looping bridge spans 38 metres over the Miljacka river and loops-the-loop in the middle to create a shelter with two seats.

“The basic idea of the bridge is the union of the secular and spiritual,” explain the designers, noting that the academy was formerly a church. The loop on the bridge is a symbolic gate,” they add.

The steel bridge is paved with aluminium plates and fitted with benches made of smooth round logs. Benches are installed in the loop as places to meet and interact with others. At night the bridge is lit by LEDs.

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