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

The Ibercaja Foundation will invest more than four million euros in providing content for one of the emblems of the Expo, which aspires to become the first museum of mobility technologies in Europe.

Twelve years closed

Amado Franco symbolically receives the keys to the Pavilion of the Bridge from the hands of the President of Aragon, Javier Lambán. EFE/Javier Onion

The President of the Foundation, Amado Franco, symbolically received from the hands of the President of Aragon, Javier Lambán, the keys to the building -in the form of an illustration produced for the Expo-. The building was closed for twelve years. The renovation 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 Ibercaja Foundation”, underlined Franco. It expressed the entity’s commitment to make the greatest possible efforts so that this icon becomes a major exhibition space on mobility.

Mobility City is “a total project for an exceptional building”, in the words of Franco. The museum will contain the latest mobility innovations as well as vehicle prototypes and ideas. The aim is to publicize the transition to more sustainable, safe and connected mobility.

Autonomous vehicles, motorcycles of the future and “hyperloop”

There will be temporary exhibitions that will show drones for transporting people, autonomous and solar vehicles or even future motorcycles and touch screens. It will also include a life-size reproduction of a hyperloop. All this so that visitors can discover the four key dimensions of tomorrow’s mobility: sustainable, connected, autonomous and shared, in a fun and dynamic approach.

In addition, there will be a bank of driving simulators in which the fastest will not win, but the one that circulates best from the point of view of efficiency and durability. Also gamified content to show how the mobility of the future is configured from cities, as well as a holographic projection that will show how mobility is developing on a global scale. Modes of transport that do not exist today and a space allowing third sector entities to present their proposals complete the exhibition.

Javier Lambán predicted great success for “Mobility City”. He said it was an “imposing project” which corresponds to the aspirations of the Community to be at the forefront and to be “the spearhead” in the mobility sector.

Edited by Isabel Poncela

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