AD Classics: Bergisel Ski Jump / Zaha Hadid Architects

04:00 - 9 May, 2016
AD Classics: Bergisel Ski Jump / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Helene Binet
© Helene Binet

Situated on the peak of Bergisel Mountain above the picturesque alpine city of Innsbruck, Austria, the Bergisel Ski Jump represents the contemporary incarnation of a historic landmark. Designed by Zaha Hadid between 1999 and 2002, the Ski Jump is a study in formal expression: its sweeping lines and minimalist aesthetic create a sense of graceful, high-speed motion, reflecting the dynamic sensation of a ski jump in a monumental structure that stands above the historic center of Innsbruck and the mountain slopes around.

© Helene Binet © Zaha Hadid Architects © Zaha Hadid Architects © Helene Binet +27

3rd Skin Architects' Haghani Pedestrian Bridge Folds Over Iranian Highway

08:00 - 13 December, 2015
3rd Skin Architects' Haghani Pedestrian Bridge Folds Over Iranian Highway , Courtesy of 3rd Skin Architects
Courtesy of 3rd Skin Architects

3rd Skin Architects has released the plans for the Haghani Pedestrian Bridge, which will connect the residential zone of Mirdamad, Tehran, to Abbas Abad over the Haghani Highway in Iran.

Santiago Calatrava Designs 3 New Bridges for Huashan

12:00 - 9 December, 2015
Santiago Calatrava Designs 3 New Bridges for Huashan , View of the canal. Image © Santiago Calatrava LLC
View of the canal. Image © Santiago Calatrava LLC

Santiago Calatrava has been commissioned to design a trio of bridges in the Chinese city of Huashan, east of Wuhan. The three steel bridges - Xihu, Xianbi and Lincong - will span 1.5 kilometers of the city's new Yangtze River canal, providing access to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. 

“Architecture is one of the art forms best able to improve and revitalize cities both artistically and functionally,” said Calatrava. “The Huashan project is a clear example of how an urban element, key to the successful growth of the city, can at the same time improve the quality of life for its citizens, thanks to an integration of all three bridges and the creation of boulevards on the banks of the canal.”

Bystrup Wins Nine Elms Bridge Competition

08:50 - 25 November, 2015
Bystrup Wins Nine Elms Bridge Competition, © Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering
© Bystrup Architecture, Design and Engineering

Bystrup Architecture Design and Engineering, working with with Robin Snell & Partners, Sven Ole Hansen ApS, Aarsleff and ÅF Lighting, is set to win the high-profile contest for the new pedestrian and cycle bridge between Nine Elms and Pimlico in London. The team was unanimously selected by the competition jury ahead of three other teams on the shortlist including Buro Happold Ltd with Marks Barfield Architects, Arup with AL_A, and another Arup-led team working with Hopkins Architects.

The competition for the new bridge attracted attention early this year when the competition organizers released images of all 74 entries online, sparking ridicule almost across the board from Reddit commenters to The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright.

This Proposed Pedestrian Bridge Lets You Walk Between Manhattan and New Jersey

08:00 - 14 October, 2015
This Proposed Pedestrian Bridge Lets You Walk Between Manhattan and New Jersey, Courtesy of Jeff Jordan Architects, via http://libertybridgeorg.wix.com/libertybridge
Courtesy of Jeff Jordan Architects, via http://libertybridgeorg.wix.com/libertybridge

Despite being separated by only a few miles, Manhattan and Jersey City seem much further apart; the Hudson River forces commuters to take long, roundabout routes or rely on the over-worked PATH system. Inspired by a need for connectivity between the two cities, Kevin Shane began conceptualizing a new pedestrian bridge, dubbed Liberty Bridge, which would connect Jersey City to Battery Park. Read more about this conceptual proposal after the break.

Santiago Calatrava Tops Out on Dallas' Margaret McDermott Bridge

14:00 - 25 August, 2015
Santiago Calatrava Tops Out on Dallas' Margaret McDermott Bridge, © Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava has topped out on his second Dallas bridge - the Margaret McDermott Bridge - two years after completing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The steel arch, reaching a height of 275 feet, is the first of two that will support the 1311-foot-long bridge that is intended to provide access to pedestrians, bicyclists and cars over the Trinity River. The $113 million bridge is part of the massive $798 million Dallas Horseshoe Project that aims to alleviate traffic and enhance accessibility downtown. It is scheduled to complete by the summer of 2017. 

China Set to Open World’s Longest and Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge

06:00 - 28 May, 2015
China Set to Open World’s Longest and Highest Glass-Bottom Bridge, Courtesy of Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects and Urban Designers
Courtesy of Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects and Urban Designers

China will soon finish construction on what will be the world’s tallest and longest glass pedestrian bridge, floating 300 meters above a canyon in the Zhangjiajie National Park. Designed by Israeli architect, Haim Dotan, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge will be 380 meters long, six meters wide and feature a transparent glass floor.

“The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was designed to be invisible as possible--a white bridge disappearing into the clouds,” said Dotan.

Fictional Euro Banknote Bridges Brought to Life in the Netherlands

06:00 - 27 May, 2015

Did you know that the fictional bridges on the Euro banknotes were actually made a reality in the Netherlands? In Tom Scott’s latest “Things You Might Not Know” video, he tells the story of how the seven bridges came to be constructed in the town of Spijkenisse.

Atlanta Bridgescape Competition Winners Announced

19:00 - 15 May, 2015
Atlanta Bridgescape Competition Winners Announced, “(SIN)UOSITY” at Midtown’s 10th Street Bridge. Image Courtesy of Atlanta Bridgescape Competition
“(SIN)UOSITY” at Midtown’s 10th Street Bridge. Image Courtesy of Atlanta Bridgescape Competition

The winners of the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition were announced today at the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) National Convention. The urban design challenge sought proposals for creative interventions at two existing freeway overpasses in the city’s Midtown and Downtown districts, with a referential budget of $3 million per bridge. The winners were selected from five finalists by a panel of industry experts. 

See the two winning proposals as well as the winners of the People’s Choice Award after the break. 

The World’s Longest (and Scariest) Glass Skywalk Opens in China

15:00 - 14 May, 2015

The world’s longest glass skywalk has been inaugurated in China, jutting off the edge of a 718-meter tall cliff in the Longgang National Geological Park in Chongqing, reports CCTV. Aptly named Yuanduan, which means “at the end of the clouds,” the horseshoe-shaped walkway offers visitors stunning (and a bit terrifying) views of the surrounding mountains and canyon below. Extending for more than 26 meters off the cliff’s edge, the bridge is five meters longer than the Grand Canyon Skywalk. Only 30 tourists will be allowed on the bridge at a time. View a gallery of photos at The Daily Mail

Heatherwick's Garden Bridge to Represent London's Horticultural History

17:15 - 13 May, 2015
Heatherwick's Garden Bridge to Represent London's Horticultural History, © Garden Bridge Trust
© Garden Bridge Trust

New images of Thomas Heatherwick's recently approved Garden Bridge depicts how it will look once built in 2018. With 270 trees, 2,000 shrubs, hedging plants and climbers, over 22,000 perennials, ferns and grasses and 64,000 bulbs planted on the bridge, the lush river crossing will take pedestrians through London's horticultural history, "from wild marshland to cultivated gardens," as the Garden Bridge Trust reports. Five distinct landscaped areas, created by landscape designer Dan Pearson, will span the bridge's 6000 square-meters of open space and represent the capital city's plant cultivation from centuries past. 

Vote for Your Favorite Atlanta Bridgescape Proposal

15:35 - 13 May, 2015
Vote for Your Favorite Atlanta Bridgescape Proposal, Finalist A: "Green City Spectator" at Midtown's 10th Street Bridge . Image Courtesy of Atlanta Bridgescape Competition
Finalist A: "Green City Spectator" at Midtown's 10th Street Bridge . Image Courtesy of Atlanta Bridgescape Competition

Five finalists have emerged in the Atlanta Bridgescape Competition. The urban design challenge, which was launched earlier this year, sought creative ideas to enhance two existing freeway overpasses in the city's Midtown and Downtown districts. Now in the competition's final phase, the finalists have refined their ideas, taking in consideration a budget of up to $3 million for each project. The proposals are now undergoing public review and you are invited to vote for your favorite design as part of the People’s Choice Award. Read on to review each proposal and find out how to vote. 

A winner will be announced this Friday, May 15 at the AIA's 2015 National Convention. 

Finalist C: "Illuminated Gateway" at Midtown's 10th Street Bridge . Image Courtesy of Atlanta Bridgescape Competition Finalist B: "(SIN)UOSITY" at Midtown's 10th Street Bridge . Image Courtesy of Atlanta Bridgescape Competition Finalist D: "Organic Canopy" at Downtown's Courtland/McGill Bridge. Image Courtesy of Atlanta Bridgescape Competition Finalist D: "Organic Canopy" at Downtown's Courtland/McGill Bridge. Image Courtesy of Atlanta Bridgescape Competition +20

TU/e Students to Build Leonardo da Vinci's Bridge Out of Ice

15:00 - 25 April, 2015
TU/e Students to Build Leonardo da Vinci's Bridge Out of Ice, Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology
Courtesy of Eindhoven University of Technology

Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) will attempt to beat the world-record for the longest open span attained by an ice structure by constructing an ice bridge inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. Following a yearly tradition of exhibiting architecture made from ice, the bridge is anticipated to span an astounding 50 meters. If the team succeeds, they will shatter the school's previous record set in 2014 when students built an ice dome spanning 30 meters.

Read on after the break for more on the massive ice bridge.

Santiago Calatrava Commissioned to Design His First Bridge in China

13:00 - 23 April, 2015
Santiago Calatrava Commissioned to Design His First Bridge in China, Rendering of Huashan. Image Courtesy of AECOM
Rendering of Huashan. Image Courtesy of AECOM

The Hubei United Investment Group (HUIG) has commissioned Santiago Calatrava to design three major highway and pedestrian bridges in the AECOM-masterplanned city of Huashan, 12 miles east of downtown Wuhan. The bridges will be Calatrava's first project in China. They will span a new man-made canal that bisects Huashan's urban center and connects two lakes that feed the Yangtze River. 

“It gives me great personal satisfaction and represents a grand challenge that I face with great enthusiasm to help develop this ambitious project that enables me to design my first bridges in the Far East," says Calatrava. 

Erik Andersson Designs Carbon Fiber Pedestrian Bridge for Gothenburg

18:00 - 13 April, 2015
Erik Andersson Designs Carbon Fiber Pedestrian Bridge for Gothenburg, © MIR
© MIR

The City of Gothenburg has commissioned Erik Andersson Architects to design a new pedestrian bridge in the city's historic Haga district. The circular bridge, connecting streets Haga Kyrkogata and Arkitektgatan, will be made of carbon fiber, allowing for a narrow profile that seemingly floats over the water. It is envisioned that the landscape the crosses inside the circular form can be used as an amphitheater for riverside performances. 

4 Teams Shortlisted In Nine Elms Bridge Competition

12:40 - 17 March, 2015
4 Teams Shortlisted In Nine Elms Bridge Competition, Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership
Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

Four teams including Hopkins Architects, Amanda Levete's practice AL_A and two separate teams from Ove Arup & Partners have been shortlisted in the competition to design a new bridge in London spanning the Thames from Nine Elms to Westminster. The competition for the £40 million bridge, part of the dramatic new developments at Nine Elms and Battersea, made headlines last month when all 74 entrants were released to the public.

Read on after the break to see the entries from all four teams

London's Battersea Bridge Competition is a Symbol of a Divided City

10:30 - 25 February, 2015
London's Battersea Bridge Competition is a Symbol of a Divided City, "The Spaffy Tangle". Image Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership
"The Spaffy Tangle". Image Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

The recent unveiling of the 74 entries to the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge competition was undoubtedly intended to cause a media circus, hoping to emulate the furore that surrounded the much larger Helsinki Guggenheim competition when they released all 1,715 of their entries to the web in October of last year. The competition, which asked designers to propose "one of the most expressive and visible landmarks in London," is the latest in a series of  dramatic changes taking place on this stretch of the South Bank of the Thames. This new community, one of London’s most prestigious new neighbourhoods, includes Keiran Timberlake's new US Embassy and a slew of residential developments, culminating in the highly-touted renovation of Battersea Power Station, complete with accompanying buildings by Foster + Partners and Frank Gehry, and a public space by BIG.

Initial reactions to the competition entries has been mixed at best. The Guardian’s architecture critic Oliver Wainwright took the opportunity to poke light-hearted fun at a selection of designs, using his considerable powers of wordplay to dub entries with titles such as The Greenhouse Funhouse, The Spaffy Tangle, Razorwire Party Bridge, and The Flaming Mouth of Hades. Similarly, City Metric ran the news with an article titled “The 12 Most Ridiculous Designs for the New Battersea Bridge”, sparking a debate on Reddit in which users branded the projects "varying degrees of insane" and "ridiculous doodles." But beyond all this jovial name-calling, these designs are symptomatic of an unhealthy approach to wealth that London seems unable (or perhaps unwilling) to address.

"The Flaming Mouth of Hades" . Image Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership "Razorwire Party Bridge". Image Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership +10

74 “Wild Designs” Considered for New Thames Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge

01:00 - 24 February, 2015
74 “Wild Designs” Considered for New Thames Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge , Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership
Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership

All 74 “wild designs” being considered to become London’s next “landmark” have been released to the public. As part of a two-stage competition, architects worldwide have submitted ideas for a new £40 million pedestrian and cycle bridge that will connect London’s Nine Elms and Pimlico communities over the River Thames. 

The jury, chaired by Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour, will choose four schemes to move onto the competition’s second and final round in March. These designs will be then shortlisted and further developed with input by the community and client before a winner is announced in July. 

See a selection of the considered bridge designs, after the break. 

Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership Courtesy of Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership +11