Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Möbius ring-inspired bridge to be built in China

Architect Company NEXT from Amsterdam, Netherlands, got the first prize in an international competition in Meixi Lake besides Changsha capital of Hunan province in China. NEXT designed a very unusual bridge that is more than just a connection between two banks.
The bridge is the key project for the development of the public space of the river park with recreational, ecological and touristic program. “The construction with the intersecting connections is based on the principal of the Möbius ring,” states architect Michel Schreinemachers. “On the other hand it refers to a Chinese knot that comes from an ancient decorative Chinese folk art,” adds John van de Water.

For the Changsha Bridge, NEXT proposed a structure made out of a corroded steel, which has a reddish colour.  The 6.5 million square metre city development has been designed from scratch by architectural firm Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and centres around a manmade lake. Within Meixi is found an area called Dragon King Harbour River. It is here where Next’s bridge will be built. The pedestrian bridge is 150 metres across and 24 metres high, spanning the river via a number of different spaghetti-esque pathways at different heights.The brief was quite specific about the number of layers required of the bridge. "The pathway had to connect on either side of the river, two roads on either side and to two higher locations (a small hill on one side and a sports park on the other)," explained Next co-founder Bart Reuser.

Here is a better graphic to explain the meaning behind bridge:
Because China lives in a world where they can build anything by yesterday, we often get to see a lot of architectural miscues and all around building hilariousness. This isn't one of them. This one's actually awesome.The Möbius strip or Möbius band  is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. The Möbius strip has the mathematical property of being non-orientable. It can be realized as a ruled surface. This is what makes the bridge so interesting. Some people have even said it looks alien-like!

The Impossible Stair
Above,is the path design in the bridge for pedestrians.The colour and design of the bridge will make it a lot more appealing to the younger audience too.
Here is what the bridge should look like when it is lit up at night.


Now we've been chosen it will be a big challenge to keep the design alive the way it is," adds Reuser, NEXT co-founder ,"but the prospects are pretty good."

Construction begins in 2014.