Yuandang Bridge

Yuandang Bridge

Architect
BAU (Brearley Architects & Urbanists)
Location
Shanghai, Suzhou Jiangsu, China | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Bridges
Zhu Runzi

Yuandang Bridge - a hybrid infrastructure

BAU (Brearley Architects & Urbanists) as Architects

The Yuandang Pedestrian Bridge celebrates the coming together of Jiangsu Province and Shanghai. The 586m bridge is a hybrid structure incorporating landscape, infrastructure, and architecture. It is located in a key location where the two jurisdictions meet. The figure of the bridge resembles a ribbon and echoes water ripples on the Yuandang Lake below. Trees and shrubs are incorporated in the bridge, giving the appearance of a floating garden connecting the two banks.

photo_credit Zhu Runzi
Zhu Runzi
photo_credit Zhu Runzi
Zhu Runzi
photo_credit Zhu Runzi
Zhu Runzi

The six-meter-wide bridge deck is divided into three bands: cycling path, vegetation band and walking path. The winding bridge has three widened sections for resting and enjoying the lake view. Taking inspiration from local sculptural traditions, the bridge’s pavilion explores contemporary mathematics modeling to create a porous wall that is both sculpture and playground. The bridge is a dynamic ensemble, integrating ecology, transportation, landscape, and culture.

photo_credit Zhu Runzi
Zhu Runzi
photo_credit Zhu Runzi
Zhu Runzi
photo_credit Zhu Runzi
Zhu Runzi
photo_credit Zhu Runzi
Zhu Runzi
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