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Trampoline Bridge Concept by Atelier Zündel Cristea

By • Mar 19, 2013 •  Selected Work 

French architectural firm Atelier Zündel Cristea designed this Trampoline Bridge concept for a client and targets at the competition named “A Bridge in Paris”.

The trampoline bridge has three huge inflatable PVC floats attached by ropes to cross the Seine near to the existing Bir-Hakeim Bridge.

Unfortunately (or fortunately?) the concept took the third place in the competition, so there is no chance you’ll ever see it in Paris.

Trampoline Bridge Concept by Atelier Zündel Cristea

“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 enough bridges.

Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water. We propose 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 (98 feet) 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.”

Renderings courtesy of Atelier Zündel Cristea

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