Fob to streamline traffic for OMR Expressway
Photographer: Triple O Pixel
Chennai-based architecture and design firm Triple O Studio has designed the Gateway Bridge Fob on the OMR IT Expressway stretching over 250 running meters. A footbridge is constructed to streamline the daily movement of almost one lakh people as they commute between the Tidel and Ramanujan IT parks, and would avail the MRTS services as well. The fob was constructed on a stretch where 8500 vehicles ply hourly, and the existing fob was of no use due to its poor location. The firm has closely worked with structural engineers, L&T Infrastructure Engineering Ltd.
The gateway is strategically positioned near the mouth of MRTS on one side and the intersection of two IT parks on the other. A same-level direct entry into the MRTS station reduces fatigue for the commuters, and the shortest possible route is constructed to the gateway bridge. Columns shaped like huge catapults offer structural support, yet their design doesn’t offer much surface area for posters and other graffiti. Bent, see-through and porous railings allow clear visibility, discourage stalking and prevent hoardings. The ramp doesn’t offer pressure to the structure as well. An elevator and staircase on the other side ensure accessibility and discourages motorists to use the bridge to escape heavy traffic. Recessing lighting offers a functional advantage, while the altering colored lights on the main pylon add to the aesthetics.