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Jiading Bridge (unbuilt)

This is a Jiading Bridge (unbuilt). It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick. It is dated 2010.

How can a traditional Chinese moon bridge meet today’s standards of accessibility?
The studio adapted the elegant S-curves of historical Chinese moon bridges to design a 65-foot-long waterway span for the Shanghai satellite town of Jiading. The hydraulic-powered bridge is constructed from threaded C-shaped sections: they flatten for wheelchairs and rear up into a hump, with pedestrian stairs, for passing boats underneath. Unlike a conventional drawbridge, this bridge is crossable in any position — up, down, or in between. The contrasting materials of the sections— exterior machined steel and interior bronze —visually accentuate the bridge’s transformative movement.

It is credited Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.

  • Rolling Bridge
  • painted mild steel, stainless steel cable, wood, aluminum.
  • Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.
  • HSP.12

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.

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