Wuxi Xidong Park Bridge / L&A Design Group

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L&A Design Group has developed an exciting contemporary bridge design as an architectural highlight of Wuxi Xidong Park, located in Jiangsu province, . The bridge is planned to be the main connection between the north and south foreshores of the parks lake and allows visitors access to a small island destination that commands views over the water as well as café facilities and pocket gardens. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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The important position, jutting out over the central water body, encouraged a dynamic design response. The design team has envisioned a signature iconic structure that is attractive, has a flowing modern form expressing the importance of Wuxi’s relationship with water and is functional in its connections to the island, foreshores and allowing boats to pass underneath its elevation.

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Designed as a whole volume, the bridge presents unique curves and a platform that widens as the bridge crosses the island. The platform creates a focus for the bridge maximizing views out across the lake under a shaded canopy, integrates ramp access to the island and forms an intimate space for the cafe underneath.

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To reduce the long linear scale of the bridge an “S” shape plan was created to provide closer vistas for people accessing the park from both sides of the lake. It is a bridge with a ‘twist’. As the bridge reaches its island destination the shape stimulates a dramatic interaction between architecture, landscape and water. Construction will utilize lightweight steel structures, light colored outer panel skins for a sleek look that can be elegantly lit up at night and polished timber detailing to tactile surfaces such as seating and railing.

Architects: L&A Design Group
Location: Wuxi, China
Project Team: Sean Shi, Kevin Wang, Liang Meng, Ning Ye
Client: Wuxi High-speed Railway Commercial Zone Committee
Project Year: 2011

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Wuxi Xidong Park Bridge / L&A Design Group" 06 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Oct 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=189896>
  • Fanny Baws

    Vulgar. A total waste of the worlds resources.

  • Nico

    WOOOOOOOOOW !!!!!!!!!! (Ironic)

  • joe

    its important that everyone knows that i don’t like this.

    • Nick

      Its important that you know that everybody in the world doesn’t care

      • joe

        exactly…

    • iAbe

      ooooh i see what u did there… Touche

  • H-J

    How they ever gonna build that in China…?Are the architects totally oblivious to the standard of construction in China?

    • jeb

      far more ambitious stuff has been built in china before.

      • H-J

        But did you see the level of finishing and the materials that they put up? It looks good in renderings and retouched photographs, but get a little closer and you’ll see what I mean…

  • Jimmy Nader

    wanna-be zaha hadid… unsuccessfully..

  • lizhi

    不错,很漂亮!good!

  • 李智

    桥梁中的精品!尽快建起来,中国的骄傲!哈哈!

  • johnny

    We dont live in a post appocalyptic world, so why do the renders always suggest so.

    • James

      you obviously haven’t been to China

  • hamed akhavizadegan

    very exiting … this is look like to Hadids design

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