Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge Hangzhou, Chinese Architecture Competition, Project

Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge, Hangzhou, China : News

Hangzhou Bridge – design by Denton Corker Marshall

15 Aug 2011

Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge Hangzhou

Design: Denton Corker Marshall

China bridge, international competition abandoned

A limited international design competition, for which Denton Corker Marshall was shortlisted, has been abandoned. Also shortlisted for the 400m-long bridge at Jinsha Lake, Hangzhou, were Zaha Hadid and Grimshaw.

Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge:
Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge Hangzhou
pictures © Denton Corker Marshall

Denton Corker Marshall’s sculptural solution is a modern and energetic interpretation of the traditional local culture. Sinuous and dynamic, it responds to the requirement for a bold and distinctive icon.

Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge Hangzhou

The thin profile of a long, non-vehicle bridge risks appearing insubstantial. Rising elegantly above the skyline, Denton Corker Marshall’s solution attains a signature presence amid the modern building scale of New Hangzhou.

The architects teamed with Arup to develop the concept, described by director Neil Bourne as “truly memorable and distinctive”.

Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge Hangzhou

Three ribbon elements – the lower deck, upper deck and arched support structure – combine into an integrated object, in harmony both structurally and visually.

“It’s a powerful concept offering numerous interpretations: ribbons, dragons, landscape, calligraphy or simply abstract sculpture,” said Mr Bourne.

Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge Hangzhou

Importantly, the concept is very buildable using standard construction techniques, and structurally very efficient for its geometric complexity. It was on the acclaimed Webb Bridge scheme more than 10 years ago that Denton Corker Marshall and Arup pioneered the use of 3D CAD modelling and design in geometrically challenging bridge design.

Arup’s John Bahoric says the development and intelligent use of a digital model for Jinsha Lake Bridge has created a powerful tool for efficient delivery of the project, and which has been fundamental to the achievement of the design.

Denton Corker Marshall understands that the competition organisers will now conduct a local design competition.

Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge:
Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge Hangzhou
picture © Denton Corker Marshall

Jinsha Lake Pedestrian Bridge images / information from Denton Corker Marshall

Denton Corker Marshall

Location: Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China

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About Denton Corker Marshall

Founded in 1972, Denton Corker Marshall produces innovative and memorable architecture and urban design. An interest in experimenting with materiality and the way architecture is made contributes to the distinctive architectural language for which the practice is critically acclaimed. Operating worldwide from offices in Melbourne, London and Jakarta, the practice is a significant contributor to the global architectural scene.

About Arup

Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. From 90 offices in 35 countries Arup’s 10,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world with creativity and passion.

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