10Design reveals Chinese bridge designs
Hong Kong-based 10Design has designed a 125m-span bridge connecting the two major phases of a large new township in Chengdu, China
The scheme for client Wide Horizons links waterfront parklands at diagonally opposite sides of the bridge and features waterfall at the edge of the ramp.
The growing practice, which emerged out of RMJM’s Hong-Kong office, now has studios in Edinburgh, Shanghai, Istanbul and Dubai.
The architect’s view
To link the parks while avoiding vehicular traffic we’ve created an undulating ramp that drops below the vehicular section of the bridge and then wraps up and around a naturally landscaped island in the middle of the waterway. This island not only provides a rest stop but also allows a more intimate relationship with the water as people can step off the bridge and walk through the landscaped island to sit by the water edge.
The sculpted structure of the ramp touches the water only at the turning points and appears to skip across the water so the arched spans of the ramp create a series of framed views from the shore line of the island below, while also allowing pleasure boats to moor with the island shoreline. A feature waterfall at the edge of the ramp provides visual interest from the coastline while also providing background ambiance to reduce the impact of the noise of the vehicular traffic above.