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Zaha and Knight vying for Guangzhou bridges

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Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and Knight Architects have been shortlisted in a contest for a series of bridge upgrades in Guangzhou, south China

The duo are the only UK finalists in the competition – organised by the Guangzhou City Centre Transport Project Office – which sought proposals to upgrade four existing bridges in the city.

Knight – working with local outfit Shenzhen Shantian Architectural Design – has been shortlisted to overhaul Jiangwan Bridge and Haiyan Bridge.

In the contests for both structures the High Wycombe-based outfit is up against ZHA – working local firm TY Lin International Engineering Consulting – which has also been shortlisted for a third bridge.

Amsterdam’s Next Architects is competing against ZHA for the third structure, Liede Bridge, and only local practices are in the running for the fouth project, Renmin Bridge.

The competition sought ideas for ‘historic, cultural and aesthetic’ improvements to the four highway structures which all cross the Pearl River.

Jiangwan Bridge, built in 1997 and the cable-stayed Haiyin Bridge, built in 1988, are 800 metres apart and both suffer from poor connections to the river’s pedestrian promenade.

Knight’s Jiangwan proposal creates a new pedestrian and cycle path sheltered from the busy highway by a series of undulating, orbital shapes with a pearlescent white skin.

The studio’s Haiyin scheme meanwhile features two intersecting ‘waves’ – inspired by fluid fabric forms found in Cantonese Opera – which form a new pedestrian link to the riverside.

All shortlisted entries will feature in a public exhibition until Chinese New Year on 8 February. Winning schemes for each bridge will then be announced at the end of the month.

The full shortlist

Renmin Bridge

  • Architects and Engineers of Southeast University
  • China Engineering with Social Design Interaction Network
  • Tianjin Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute with GAP Design International

Jiangwan Bridge

  • Zaha Hadid Architecture with TY Lin International Engineering Consulting
  • Knight Architects with Shenzhen Shantian Architectural Design
  • Architecture and Design Research Institute of South China University of Technology

Haiyan Bridge

  • Knight Architects with Shenzhen Shantian Architectural Design
  • Zaha Hadid Architecture with TY Lin International Engineering Consulting
  • Architects and Engineers of Southeast University

Liede Bridge

  • Tianjin Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute with GAP Design International
  • Next Architects
  • Zaha Hadid Architecture with TY Lin International Engineering Consulting

 

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