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Garden Bridge in London, England by Heatherwick Studio

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Article source: Heatherwick Studio

Following Transport for London’s (TfL) tender for proposals to improve pedestrian links across the river, Heatherwick Studio and actor and campaigner Joanna Lumley have developed an idea for a new pedestrian ‘Garden Bridge’ across the River Thames; a scheme to connect North and South London with a garden. As one of the greenest cities of its size in the world, this precious new piece of landscape will add to London’s rich and diverse horticultural heritage of heathlands, parks, squares, allotments and community gardens and support many indigenous river edge plant species.

Image Courtesy © Heatherwick Studio

Image Courtesy © Heatherwick Studio


Footbridge Ribja brv in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Arhitektura d.o.o.

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Article source: Arhitektura d.o.o.

It is often believed that Plečnik was inspired by Venice and its bridges in his rearrangement of Keller’s concrete river bed of Ljubljanica. What exactly Plečnik had in mind, we do not know today but one thing is certain: due to Plečnik’s interventions the ambience and layout of Ljubljanica riverside has a Venetian flair. As in Venice, Plečnik envisaged and placed several new bridges over the river. Two of them, namely the Triple Bridge and the Shoemakers’ bridge, were realized as public areas, new public spaces, which were liberated from the river and given to the citizens.

Image Courtesy © Miran Kambič

Image Courtesy © Miran Kambič

  • Architects: Arhitektura d.o.o.
  • Project: Footbridge Ribja brv
  • Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Photography: Miran Kambič
  • Authors: Architect Peter Gabrijelčič, Architect Boštjan Gabrijelčič, Ingeneer Gregor Cipot
  • Collaborators: Architect Tomaž Budkovič, Ingeneer Daniel Zorec, Ingeneer Simon Sever


Ölhafen Bridge in Raunheim, Germany by schneider+schumacher

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Article source: schneider+schumacher

The new white oil terminal bridge is an elegant, curved structure. It spans the 70m wide entrance to the oil terminal harbour in Raunheim with a spiralling access ramp. This sculptural bridge design stems from Frankfurt architects schneider+schumacher.

The clients for the bridge appointed Schüßler-Plan as structural engineers. The bridge’s location is, on the one hand, influenced by the industrial character of the harbour, and on the other, by the River Main that runs parallel to it, with its attractive embankment and mature trees. The bridge will primarily be used by cyclists and pedestrians.

Image Courtesy © Schneider+Schumacher

Image Courtesy © Schneider+Schumacher

  • Architects: schneider+schumacher
  • Project: Ölhafen Bridge
  • Location: Raunheim, Germany
  • Client: Stadt Raunheim (“Drei gewinnt. Interkommunaler Stadtumbau Rüsselsheim, Raunheim, Kelsterbach”)
  • Project architects: Michael Schumacher, Karlo Filipovic
  • Project manager: Ingo Weißer (Schüßler-Plan Ingenieure GmbH)
  • Structural engineers: Schüßler-Plan Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH
  • Project steering: NH ProjektStadt (Unternehmensgruppe Nassauische Heimstätte/Wohnstadt)
  • Awards: Baukultur in Hessen 2013_Landeswettbewerb “ZUSAMMEN GEBAUT”_Leben mit Wasser
  • Competition: 05/2009 – 06/2009
  • Planning period: 07/2009 – 12/2009
  • Construction period: 2012-2013


Artists’ Studio Bridge in San Diego, United States by Safdie Rabines Architects

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Article source: Safdie Rabines Architects

The studio project is for two artists wishing to create a new work space while minimizing the impact of any new construction on the natural landscape of their property. The studio is located to the rear of their home, connecting it to a beautiful portion of the site which prior to the addition was inaccessible.

Image Courtesy © Artists' Studio

Image Courtesy © Artists’ Studio

Architects: Safdie Rabines Architects
Project: Artists’ Studio Bridge
Location: San Diego, United States
Photography: Artists’ Studio (more…)

The Ravelijn Bridge in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands by RO&AD Architecten

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Article source: RO&AD Architecten

Short History

The Ravelijn “Op den Zoom” is a fortress-island of the city of Bergen op Zoom in The Netherlands which is made in the beginning of the 18th century by Menno van Coehoorn, a famous fortress builder. This is the only “ravelijn” of him still present. The fortress was originally only accessible by boat , so supplies and soldiers had to be rowed the 80 meters to the fortress. The original entrance is still present just above the waterline At the end of the 19th century the fortress lost its defensive function. In 1930 a raised wooden bridge was added. Nowadays the island-fortress is mainly used for small public and private events.

Image Courtesy © Erik Stekelenburg

Image Courtesy © Erik Stekelenburg

  • Architects: RO&AD Architecten
  • Project: The Ravelijn Bridge
  • Location:  Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Erik Stekelenburg, RO&AD Architecten
  • Design team: Ro Koster, Ad Kil, Martin van Overveld, Commisioner, City Council of Bergen op Zoom
  • Structural Engineer: W2N Engineers, Drachten, The Netherlands
  • Contractor: Allflex, Halsteren, The Netherlands
  • Construction time: 3 months, finished  March 2014
  • Total length: 80 meters
  • Function: Pedestrian bridge


Footbridge in Candiac, Canada by Lemay

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Article source: Lemay

With its new footbridge, the City of Candiac, located in the suburbs of Montreal, wished to establish a strong landmark while connecting its northern and southern sectors previously separated by a major highway. As the symbolic entry of this growing city, the footbridge had to be harmoniously integrated into the landscape.

Image Courtesy © François Descôteaux

Image Courtesy © François Descôteaux

  • Architects: Lemay
  • Project: Footbridge Candiac
  • Location: Candiac, Canada
  • Photography: François Descôteaux
  • Designer: Bryan Marchand
  • Urban designer: Damien Leman


Passerella nella Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, Italy by COTTONE+INDELICATO ARCHITECTS

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014


The walkway is designed as a sculptural element that integrates with the enchanting context of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, and establishes a dialogue with it that draws inspiration from the landscape and architectural features of the place.
The main purpose of the pedestrian walkway is to restore unity to the location of the archaeological park, divided by crossing the state road 118; and allow for safe enjoyment of the park, giving visitors the perception of this as a unique and organic.



  • Project: Passerella nella Valle dei Templi
  • Location: Agrigento, Italy
  • Project: Cottone+Indelicato, Joan Puigcorbè, Sofia Montalbano
  • Structural engineering: ABGroup Ingegneri


BOUNCING BRIDGE in Paris, France by Atelier Zündel Cristea

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Article source: Atelier Zündel Cristea


With the growth of « World Cities » in the 1990’s, the contemporary notion of the Urban Gathering was born. Its essential characteristic is the creation of a specific urban sense of time through a scheduled series of varied ephemeral events. This « event urbanism » exists as part of the increasing competition between capital cities, seeking to attract and maintain highly mobile professional classes and to satisfy more stable populations with novel practices of urban space.

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

Image Courtesy © Sergio Grazia

  • Architects: Atelier Zündel Cristea
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Photography: Sergio Grazia
  • Renderings: Charles Wallon for Airstudio
  • STATUS Completion 2013
  • PROGRAM  «Temporary Bridge ArchTriumph 2012»
  • COLLABORATOR  TPArquitecturaiConstruccioTèxtil


Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum in Kochi Prefecture, Japan by KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES

Saturday, May 24th, 2014


This is a plan to link two public buildings with a bridge-typed facility, which had been long separated by the road in between. The museum technically bridges communications in this area. It functions not only as a passage between the two facilities but also as an accommodation and workshop, ideal location for artist-in-residence programs. In this project, we challenged a structural system which composes of small parts, referring to cantilever structure often employed in traditional architecture in Japan and China. It is a great example of sustainable design, as you can achieve a big cantilever even without large-sized materials.



  • Project: Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum
  • Location: Kochi Prefecture, Japan
  • Client: Tomio Yano, Town Mayor of Yusuhara
  • Type of Project: new construction (extension from existing )
  • Principal Use: exhibition space
  • Design and Supervision: Kengo Kuma & Associates
  • Structure: Main structure/wood, partly steel frame, reinforced concrete, Pile or Foundation / Mat and direct foundation
  • Number of Stories: 1 underground, 2 stories above
  • Site area: 14,736.47㎡
  • Built area: 574,15㎡(total with the existing part: 1,946.97㎡)
  • Total area: 445.79㎡(total with the existing part: 2,540.23㎡)
  • Floor area for each story: B1F:14.85㎡ 1F:68.21㎡ 2F:342.66㎡
  • Height of stories: B1 4,150mm 1F: 9,465mm
  • Height of ceilings: B1F(connection part to the hot spring:2,100mm ) B1F (control room): 2,300mm
  • 1F: 2,300mm  2F (bridging corridor): 2,758mm 2F (gallery room): 5,056mm 2F (bridge): 3,705mm)


Lingzidi Bridge in Shangzhou, China by Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Article source: Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

As part of the country’s urbanisation scene, China’s infrastructure construction leads to myriad consequences that significantly impact not only the economic conditions of the respective locality, but also its existing social matrices. One example, highway infrastructure, undoubtedly brings to remote areas increased accessibility and new employment opportunities. Yet at the same time, this top-down planning approach often overlooks the specific needs of the local area. Construction of a new highway in southern Shaanxi Province required the destruction of hundreds of local bridges. This project involves the design of a pedestrian bridge in Lingzidi Village to service the disrupted network.

Image Courtesy ©  Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

Image Courtesy © Rural Urban Framework (RUF)

  • Architects: Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
  • Project: Lingzidi Bridge
  • Location: Shangzhou, China
  • Photography: Rural Urban Framework (RUF)
  • Design Team: Joshua Bolchover, John Lin
  • ADDITIONAL DONORS: Luke Him Sau Charitable Trust
  • PROJECT COLLABORATOR: Winview Building Materials & Services Co., Ltd.
  • Project manager: Maggie K Y Ma
  • Project team: Jeffery Huang, Mark Kingsley, Kwan Kwok Ying, Wendy Huang
  • Commission Date: June 2012
  • Completion Date: September 2012
  • Size: 65 m2
  • Cost: 27,000 USD (170,000 RMB)
  • Unit Cost: 400 USD/sqm (2,600 RMB/sqm)


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