Sinuous structure by NEXT Architects
wins Chinese bridge competition

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News: Dutch studio NEXT Architects has won a competition to design a pedestrian bridge for Changsha, China, with plans for a wavy structure based on the continuous form of a Möbius strip.

NEXT Architects designed the 150-metre bridge to span the Dragon King Harbour River in Changsha's Meixi Lake district - a 6.5 million square-metre development masterplanned by Kohn Pedersen Fox and being built from scratch in the south west of the city.

Sinuous structure by NEXT architects wins Chinese bridge competition

The structure will comprise a sequence of undulating steel ribbons that combine to create a never-ending surface, just like a Möbius strip.

"The construction with the intersecting connections is based on the principal of the Möbius ring," said Michel Schreinemachers of NEXT Architects, who previously completed a bridge in the Netherlands with different routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

Architect John van de Water says the form is also intended to reference traditional Chinese crafts. "It refers to a Chinese knot that comes from an ancient decorative Chinese folk art," he explained.

Sinuous structure by NEXT architects wins Chinese bridge competition
Concept diagram

The bridge will create three different routes across the water, including one that reaches a height of 24 metres to offer views of the harbour, the city and the surrounding mountains. Lighting fixtures will highlight the profile of the structure after dark.

Construction is set to begin in 2014.

  • Rae Claire

    Where is the route for persons unable to navigate stairs? Retrofitting every public structure to accommodate disabled persons is probably impractical, but incorporating welcoming features for all persons into new structures should be mandatory.

    • Concerned Citizen

      I am not aware that the Chinese have any concern about accessibility for the physically disabled.

      • aandres

        Don’t underestimate people just for the country they are from. That’s very racist. I don’t see any plan that explains the different routes. They probably thought about those things and you both are judging them without any reason. Anyway, the designers are from the Netherlands ;)

        • Concerned Citizen

          It’s so easy to use an irrelevant racist card when you have no other card to play. I have regarded your comment accordingly. And why did you JUDGE me like that, anyway? Practice what you preach.

  • parapa

    I am ‘knot’ fond of that knot diagram.

  • Deedee

    beautiful… but it looks like it is adding distances to the crossing path; if so, it is not a good design.

  • loooo

    Damn ugly!

  • Beastyuan

    “Chinese folk art” well… You mean Chinese folk food art, maybe?

  • Batters Box

    This is the dumbest bridge I’ve ever seen. Bridges at their base are utilitarian. If architects want to play artist then do so on their own for themselves to marvel at. A bridge is to cross an expanse not add to it.

  • kveikur

    This is NOT a bridge. This is some kind of unusable staircase that happens to cross a river – an ugly one at that.

  • 5

    Ugly piece, poor Chinese people.

  • Nassos Hadjipapas

    It seems some architects are never tired of “borrowing” ideas from other ones! The Mobius strip was used by UNStudio architects for the Mobius house project as a diagrammatic process for spatial organisation.

    Of course, they evolved the same diagram for the Mercedes Museum into a more complex format to deal with the large influx of people, but what I don’t get is what these architects have done with it!! They have just copied and pasted a form to create an undulating pedestrian bridge for no other reason at all apart from aesthetics or satisfying their fetishes with that model.

  • Nassos Hadjipapas

    It seems some architects are never tired of “borrowing” ideas from other ones! The Mobius strip was used by UNStudio architects for the Mobius house project as a diagrammatic process for spatial organisation.

    Of course, they evolved the same diagram for the Mercedes Museum into a more complex format to deal with the large influx of people, but what I don’t get is what these architects have done with it!! They have just copied and pasted a form to create an undulating pedestrian bridge for no other reason at all apart from aesthetics or satisfying their fetishes with that model.

  • CawaLimon

    Does anyone remember those orange Hot Wheels tracks? I do, and they are not suitable for pedestrians…

  • Steven Halliday

    Lots of impracticalities that have been mentioned here, but the concept is quite a cool one and would (depending on the finished product) add to the landscape. People use bridges for more than just passing by, that recent idea by Thomas Heatherwick in England is a prime example.

  • takedesignseriously

    Imagine trying to walk this bridge. Purely annoying. Gimmickery at its worst.

  • Garo Ungaro

    It appears it’s lost the function, purpose and simplicity but to submit to what they called “modern”?

  • Patricia Navarro Ocampo

    Well, if name isn´t destiny! “What´s in a name?”
    The architect of this crazy bridge is called Van der Water – he should know something about it.

  • Jonathan

    Well it certainly makes a lot of noise. At the moment this ‘bridge’ seems totally impractical, it’s inefficient, it lacks scale, access, pays no attention to context or materiality. It’s a joke right? Let us know when they actually design the thing.

  • Titus

    Go to La Barra, in Uruguay….