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Studio Bednarski to bridge Seine after Paris win

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London-based practice Studio Bednarski has won an international competition to design a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Seine in Paris.

Bednarski teamed up with engineer Flint and Neill and Parisian firm Explorations Architecture to draw up the triumphant scheme.

Originally, the Euro 6 million (£4.1 million) bridge was expected to link Sevres with Tadao Ando's new Foundation Pinault art gallery on the Ile Seguin.

But Francois Pinault, the multimillionaire behind the scheme, decided to pull the plug on the £102 million project to revitalise a former Renault factory due to 'political indecisiveness' (AJ 12.05.05).

However, the 220m-long river crossing to the island site will still go ahead and is expected to be completed within two years.

According to Bednarski's design statement, the 'boomerang-like' structure will become the first 'cranked suspension bridge' in the world.

It will be supported by an inclined 14.5m-high mast, held back by 'twin backstays', and will feature a viewing area.

by Richard Waite

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