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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Danjiang Bridge in Taipei, Taiwan by Zaha Hadid Architects

 
August 18th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects, working with Leonhardt, Andrä & Partner and Sinotech Engineering Consultants, have won the international competition to design the new Danjiang Bridge in Taipei for the Directorate General of Highways, Taiwan, R.O.C.

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Project: Danjiang Bridge
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Design (ZHA): Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Directors (ZHA): Charles Walker and Manuela Gatto
  • Project Architect (ZHA): Shao-wei Huang
  • Design Associate (ZHA): Paulo Flores
  • Lead Designer (ZHA): Saman Saffarian
  • Project Team (ZHA): Evgeniya Yatsyuk, Paul Bart, Sam Sharpe, Silviya Barzakova, Julian Lin, Ramon Weber
  • Lead structural engineering consultancy and JV Partner: Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner (Leonhardt, Andrä und Partner, Beratende Ingenieure VBI AG , Germany)
VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

  • Local engineering consultants and JV Partner: Sinotech Engineering Consultants (Sinotech Engineering Consultants, Ltd, Taiwan, R.O.C.)
  • Renders: ‘MIR’ and ‘VisualArch’
  • Total Length: 920m
  • Height of Supporting Mast: 175 m
  • Structure: Concrete supporting mast with steel road/rail/pedestrian deck
  • Spans:
    • 450m (to the West of the supporting mast)
    •  175m (to the East of the supporting mast)
MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

Located at the mouth of Tamsui River that flows through the capital Taipei, the Danjiang Bridge is integral to the infrastructure upgrading program of northern Taiwan. The bridge will increase connectivity between neighbourhoods and reduce through-traffic on local roads within local town centres by linking the Highways 2 and 15, with the West Coast Expressway (Route 61) and Bali-Xindian Expressway (Route 64). By also reducing traffic from the congested Guandu Bridge upriver, the Danjiang Bridge will greatly improve the northern coast traffic system and enhance accessibility throughout the region with the rapidly expanding Port of Taipei/Taipei Harbour, the region’s busiest shipping port.

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

The Danjiang Bridge will also allow for the extension of Danhai Light Rail Transportation (DHLRT) system over the Tamsui River to connect the town of Bali and the Port/Harbour with Taipei’s public rail network.

VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

The Tamsui River estuary is a natural environment flanked by the urban centres of Tamsui to the East and Bali to the west. The estuary is rapidly growing in popularity with both residents and tourists as a recreational area where people gather each day to watch the sun setting over the Taiwan Strait.

VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

The cable-stayed bridge design minimises its visual impact by using only one concrete structural mast to support the 920m road, rail and pedestrian deck made from steel. The Danjiang Bridge will be the world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge.

VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

VisualArch, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

The mast is designed and engineered to be as slender as possible and positioned to offer the best structural performance, avoid impeding the navigability of the river and also minimise any interference with the views of the sunset from popular viewing points along the river. This single-mast design also minimizes structural elements in the riverbed in accordance with the increased protection programs of the estuary’s ecosystems.

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects with Leonhardt, Andrä & Partner and Sinotech Engineering Consultants placed first in the competition. CECI and Nippon Engineering Consultants placed second; Aecom Asia and Resources Engineering Services placed third, MAA Group and Cowi placed fourth, with Oriental Consultants with Pacific Engineers & Constructors and Pyunghwa Engineering Consultants and Pacific Consultants with Taiwan Engineering Consultants and Yuang Engineering Consultants placing joint fifth.

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

MIR, Image Courtesy © Zaha Hadid Architects

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