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Yuandang Bridge: a hybrid infrastructure in Shanghai, China by BAU (Brearley Architects & Urbanists)

Project name:
Yuandang Bridge
Architecture firm:
BAU (Brearley Architects & Urbanists)
Qingpu, Shanghai, Suzhou Jiangsu, China
586 m
Principal architect:
Huang Fang
Design team:
Berry Pan Linlu , Zhu Qizhen , Yan Xiaoxi , Guo Liexia, Shi Zhengting, Sheng Bailu, Zhao Zheng
Yangtze River Delta Ecological Integration Development Demonstration Zone Executive Committee (General coordinator); by: China Three Gorges Corporation
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Structural engineer:
Shanghai Investigation, Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd
CCCC Shanghai Dredging Co., Ltd.
Zhu Runzi, Video: Dera (Construction footage provided by CCCC Shanghai Dredging Co., Ltd.)
Tools used:
CNY 86,000,000
Construction Bureau of Fen Lake High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Jiangsu Province, Shanghai Qingpu District Water Conservancy Management Institute
Bridge, Urban design, public landscape

BAU (Brearley Architects & Urbanists) designs Yuandang bridge that connects Jiangsu and Shanghai.

The Yuandang Pedestrian Bridge celebrates the coming together of Jiangsu Province and Shanghai. The 586m bridge is a hybrid structure incorporating landscape, infrastructure, and architecture. It is located in a key location where the two jurisdictions meet. The figure of the bridge resembles a ribbon and echoes water ripples on the Yuandang Lake below. Trees and shrubs are incorporated in the bridge, giving the appearance of a floating garden connecting the two banks. The six-meter-wide bridge deck is divided into three bands: cycling path, vegetation band and walking path. The winding bridge has three widened sections for resting and enjoying the lake view. Taking inspiration from local sculptural traditions, the bridge’s pavilion explores contemporary mathematics modeling to create a porous wall that is both sculpture and playground. The bridge is a dynamic ensemble, integrating ecology, transportation, landscape, and culture.

By Liliana Alvarez

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