Posts tagged as 'bridge'

Alpspix at the Alpspitzbahn mountain station

Planned some hiking in the Alps this summer?

If not, we might be able to give you a reason to do so – with architectural sightseeing at the same time.

Close to the Zugspitze, at Oberfelderkopf (Germany), a new panorama platform has been designed by Vienna-based Wallmann architects.

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La Passarelle Pietonne by maison d'art'chitecture, photo by Serge Grard

This beautiful pedestrian bridge over the newly built Highway H10 in Corcelles-Cormondrèche, in the western French speaking part of Switzerland was designed by the local architectural practice maison d’art’chitecture. The overpass consists of two major elements: one the one hand the ponton-like ramp made from concrete and worked stone from the Jura Mountains – on the other hand the actual gangway constructed from glued-laminated timber. The dynamic shape of the bridge goes back to the existing inclination of the constrcution site and the winding street trading.

La Passarelle Pietonne by maison d'art'chitecture, photo by Serge Grard

La Passarelle Pietonne by maison d'art'chitecture, photo by Serge Grard

La Passarelle Pietonne by maison d'art'chitecture, photo by Serge Grard

La Passarelle Pietonne by maison d'art'chitecture, photo by Serge Grard

to the maison d’art’chitecture profile @ Architonic

Wed 5.8.

Bridge From Recycled Grids by Aristide Antonas

Posted by NoéMie Schwaller on 05.08.2009 - Tagged as: ,

Bridge From Recycled Grids by Aristide Antonas

Bridge From Recycled Grids by Aristide Antonas

The new construction for the London city bridge is constituted by recycled grid surfaces. Most of them can be provided by the city’s equipment; the same suppliers that produce the London Underground grids of the city are called to produce some new pieces while some other existing grids are recycled. The structure is organized by frames that can receive and support common grid surfaces. Many of the places provided by the proposal are open-air places and semi-opened ones. The horizontal surfaces and some vertical ones are closed by a ‘second’ glass layer if this is needed.

The project is not composed as a finished organized form but as a possibility of creating different forms produced through an elaborated system of supporting frames.

The project is not composed as a finished organized form but as a possibility of creating different forms produced through an elaborated system of supporting frames.

An open air market (conceived as a continuation of the premier food market in London, Borough Market, located very close to the bridge), including except its market spots, restaurants and coffee shops, as the Borough Market itself, is proposed for the level of the bridge’s deck. Expanded to the upper floors we find gallery spaces, projection rooms and multiple show rooms. Some offices can also be organized in some parts of the building.

The pier is also designed as a grid structure.

The pier is also designed as a grid structure.

The bridge can be partially mantled and dismantled in different ways depending to the program it is supposed to cover. The proposition provides a system of mantling the frames and a modal way of filling the empty places with recycled material or trivial grids from the London Underground.

to Aristide Antonas

seen @ archdaily

Sat 1.8.

Pedestrian bridge by CA-Design, Quingpu / China.

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 01.08.2009 - Tagged as: , ,

Pedestrian bridge by CA-Design

Pedestrian bridge by CA-Design

The Chinese Architects of CA-Design / Architecture and Urban Planning recently completed this beautiful metal structure of a pedestrian bridge in Quingpu near Shanghai.

Pedestrian brodge by CA-Design, China

Pedestrian brodge by CA-Design, China

The architect´s explanation:

Learning from the bridges of the great water town of ZhuJiaJiao, or those from the delicate gardens in Suzhou, we decided to link both sides of the 50 meters wide river with a bent path. The bent axis responds to different access conditions and visually adapts to the surroundings. Our strategy of borrowing from local historical references and other variables of the site, together with the objective of revealing the structural performance of the bridge, will generate the final form of the project.

Inside the bridge

Inside the bridge

The load-span relation recommends the use of the metal truss. In order to resist the strong torsion stress associated with the support-less winding shape of the bridge, we activate structurally all the sides of its distorted volume. Both shores of the river have a contrasting character. This fact is emphasized via designing asymmetric constraints for the structure. The bridge has a simple support on the transversal ramp that faces the rapid and narrow street at the northern access. On the contrary, there is a stiff connection with the longitudinal ramp that connects to the slow and large southern square. The elevation of the bridge adapts itself to the resulting asymmetric diagram of bending momentum. Trying to minimize the amount of different steel sections, we design a pattern that becomes denser according to the diagram of shear stress.

Under construction

Under construction

As other samples from Chinese tradition, we understand that the bridge should provide for a dedicated space on the river, a room over the water, more than merely acting as an engineering device that solves a communication problem. The faces of both the roof and deck are covered with wooden skins. The contrast with the exposed steel profiles makes the structure appear lighter. Furthermore, the sloped ceiling serves as a large reflector for the artificial lighting that is embedded into the handrails. During the day as well, the inner surfaces will trap the glittering reflections of the sun on the water.

to the CA-Design website

seen at ArchDaily