Located in China’s rapidly developing Sichuan Province, the Wu Fan Bridge is a vital link within a new 565-acre community development. The cable-stayed bridge connects new residential and commercial areas at the center of an extensive network of lakes and rivers. An icon for the new community, the bridge seamlessly integrates architecture, structure, and landscape.
SYNTHESIZING STRUCTURE & MOVEMENT
The bridge, with a marina at its center, incorporates vehicular circulation, bicycle and pedestrian movement, and water activities creating a multilayered experience for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike. The bridge bows at its center to meet the water’s surface, simultaneously supporting the structure and connecting to the waterfront. The marina level incorporates dock access as well as public gathering areas.
A DYNAMIC, TENSEGRITY STRUCTURE
Spanning more than 700’, the bridge is anchored by two supports that rise 65’ from the water below. Three secondary masts measuring 50’ high are lifted above the water’s surface by cables that cross between then. The visual lightness and grace of the tensegrity structure allows the bridge to become more than just an impressive engineering feature but an architectural icon for this new community.
TYPE / Cable-Stayed Pedestrian Bridge, Vehicular Bridge, & Marina
SIZE / 700′ Bridge
STATUS / Design Completed 2012
ROLE / Design Architect
COST / Withheld at client’s request