Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Changsha Meixi Lake Pedestrian bridge by NEXT Architects
December 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: NEXT Architects
NEXT architects is awarded a first prize in an international competition in Meixi Lake besides Changsha capital of Hunan province in China. NEXT designed a bridge that is more than just a connection. The pedestrian bridge is one of the key projects within the Dragon King Harbor River development part of the vast development of the new lake district. Construction is scheduled for next year.
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 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.
With a total span of more than 150 meter and 24 meters high, the bridge connects a diversity of routings on different heights. The iconic appearance contributes to the developing identity of the area and with its lighting contributes to the whole light routing along the river. It provides both a view on the Dragon King Harbor River as well as Meixi Lake, Changsha and it surrounding mountains.
NEXT architects are Bart Reuser, Marijn Schenk, Michel Schreinemachers, John van de Water and China partner Jiang Xiaofei. NEXT is based in Amsterdam and Beijing. Projects include the Melkwegbrug in Purmerend (NL), The Citadel bridge in Nijmegen (NL ), In Weite Ferne so Nahe in Barendrecht (NL) and Chaoyang urban Planning Museum in Beijing (CH). In 2008 the firm received the Lensvelt De Architect Interior Award for their design of advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy (NL). All partners trained at Delft University of Technology and teach at a number of educational institutes.
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