Wed. Oct 5th, 2022

ZARAGOZA, September 20 (EFE).- The 2008 Zaragoza Expo Bridge Pavilion, the iconic building designed by architect Zaha Hadid, will reopen its doors in the first half of 2023 as the headquarters of Ibarcaza’s “Mobility City” project. .

The Ibarcaza Foundation will invest more than four million euros to provide materials for one of the symbols of the Expo, which aspires to be the first mobility technology museum in Europe.

Twelve years off

Amado Franco symbolically receives the keys to the bridge pavilion from Javier Lambon, president of Aragon. Onion of EFE/JV

The president of the foundation, Amado Franco, symbolically received the keys to the building from the hands of the president of Aragon, Javier Lambon -in the form of a painting that was created for the Expo-. The building was closed for twelve years. The remodeling works were carried out by the public company Expo Zaragoza Empresarial for four million.

“Today is a great day for Zaragoza, for Aragon And for the Ibarcaza Foundation”, Franco underlined. It expressed the entity’s commitment to make the best possible effort so that this icon becomes a great showcase of mobility.

Mobility City is “a total project for an extraordinary building,” in Franco’s words. The museum will feature the latest mobility innovations and vehicle prototypes and concepts. The aim is to promote the transition towards more sustainable, safe and connected mobility.

Autonomous vehicles, motorcycles of the future and a ‘Hyperloop’

There will be temporary exhibits that will showcase human, autonomous and solar vehicles or drones for future motorcycles and touch screen transportation. It will also include a life-size reproduction of a Hyperloop. All this so that visitors can discover the four defining aspects of future mobility: sustainable, connected, autonomous and shared from a playful and dynamic approach.

Also, there will be a bank of driving simulators where the fastest won’t win, but the one that promotes the best in terms of efficiency and durability. Gamified content to show how future mobility is configured from cities, as well as a holographic projection to show how mobility is developing globally. Modes of transport that do not exist today and their proposals for third sector entities are a place to complete the exhibition.

Javier Lamban predicts a great success for “Mobility City”. He said it was an “imposing project” that was in line with the community’s desire to “spear” into the mobility sector.

Edited by Isabel Poncela

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