Penda has designed a prestressed double-helix bridge spanning China’s Gui River that will become an integral part of the infrastructure system for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The San Shan Bridge, which translates to 3 Mountains Bridge, draws inspiration from the interlacing of five rings in the Olympic Symbol to create a form evocative of the area’s mountainous landscape. The bridge will connect Beijing with the city of Zhangjiakou, where the majority of major outdoor events at the Beijing Olympics will take place. A popular recreational area for residents and tourists, the region surrounding the bridge has seen rapid growth in recent years, a trend which is expected only to escalate as the Olympic games approach. Plans are in place for major developments by internationally acclaimed architects that will turn the area into an exhibition hub. The bridge will connect visitors and residents to these new locations, as well as become a vital piece of the wider Beijing Expansion Masterplan.
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