Bouncing on the River

TheeBlog-BouncingBridge Yeah, Tina might have rolled on the river, but French architecture firm AZC thought it would be funner to allow parisians to bounce across the River. How? By installing an inflatable bridge equipped with giant trampolines, dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river. This project was presented as part of the “Contemporary Bridge – Paris” competition and it was awarded third place. Don’t know about you, but all I can ask myself is, what could ever beat a bouncing bridge!!!?

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The competition brief, A Bridge in Paris, allows us to locate an architectural reflection within this same realm of contemporary urban enjoyment. It appears to us that Paris has the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways. Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water. We propose, now, a distinctive urban feature: An inflatable bridge equipped with giant trampolines, dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river. Installed near the Bir-Hakeim Bridge, it is formed of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter. In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched. The floating buoys, fabricated in PVC membrane, are attached together by cord to form a stable and self-supporting ensemble. Each module under tension – filled with 3700 cubic meters of air – develops in space with an arch-like form.

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