The bridge design draws inspiration from Abbas Ibn Firnas, a renowned engineer, scientist, and humanist who served in the courts of Abd al-Rahman II and Muhammad I. Firnas is celebrated as the pioneer of flight and aeronautics. In 830 A.D, he astounded spectators by flying with silk wings and feathers from the tower of Rusafa. The bridge stands as a tribute to Firnas, symbolizing the remarkable leap Cordoba and humanity took in conquering the skies.
The bridge features a cable-stayed deck supported by an upper mixed arch and a central cable-staying plane. It spans 132.50 meters with two arches and has a total length of 365 meters, including approach spans. The deck is 30.4 meters wide and 2.5 meters deep, composed of a central box, attached metal lattices, and an upper concrete slab. The deck is suspended from two upper arches, each spanning 132.5 meters and towering 45 meters above the ground. The arches are constructed using hexagonal mixed profiles, braced by tubular forms resembling Saint Andrew’s crosses. At the center of the bridge, the interconnected arches are linked by a counter-arch, from which an abstract metal sculpture representing Firnas is suspended.
The bridge’s distinctive feature lies in its arches’ design and cable arrangement, creating a spatial structure with impressive slenderness and rigidity. It not only accommodates vehicular traffic but also enhances the urban space above the Guadalquivir River, adding a sense of dignity to the surroundings.