The Floating Piers (Christo & Jeanne-Claude): Systematica for Multimodal Accessibility Plan


On February, 17th Systematica presented the update Multimodal Accessibility Plan of the visitor of the next Christo’s work “Floating Piers”, which will be open 24/7 to the public from June 18 to July 3 on Lake Iseo, tucked into the Alps and located in the Lombardy region, northeast of Milan.

The piers will connect the mainland to two islands in the lake: Monte Isola, one of the tiniest lake island in Italy, and the small, private Isola di San Paolo; the waters surrounding them are 300 feet deep and a 50-foot-wide pier, made of some 200,000 polyethylene cubes wrapped in yellow fabric will barely rise above the surface.

The mobility strategic plan devised by Systematica is aimed at efficiently managing the flows of visitors to the Piers, expected to be between 28,000 and 42,000 for a single day, resulting in more than 500,000 visitors for the 2 weeks and 2 weekends event.

Systematica has set up and currently updating the mobility plan at both territorial and more local scales, to include all available multi-modal transport systems, among which lake water services (for a capacity of around 10,000 pax/day), bus shuttle services, and, more importantly, improved railway services, which will provide direct connections to the mainland point of access Sulzano for more than 15,000 people/day.

Among the analytical activities, Systematica is supporting the ad-hoc local managing public body Cabina di Regia on the definition of the Parking Plan and the assessment of effectiveness of pedestrian circulation on the Floating Piers as well as with respect to the different points of access across Montisola and Sulzano.

For more information about the project, please visit the dedicated page.

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