Wuxi Harbour Bridge by Jian JIAO, Xing ZHENG, Tianchen DAI

04-view from the pedestrian lane on the bridge

Wuxi Harbour Bridge lies in Dingshu Town, Yixing, Jiangsu Province. Dingshu Town is located on the bank of Taihu, conjoining Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces. Dingshu Town is an ancient town located to the South of the Yangtze River, possessing a history of over five-thousand years with profound cultural heritage. This town teems with time-honored purple clay in superior quality and is famous for its well-developed modern pottery industry. Large numbers of ingenious handicraftsman skilled in craftwork of pottery work here. Aside from purple clay, here is also crawling with bamboos, and exquisite processing technology of bamboo is preserved.

The bridge is nearly 100-meter long, stretching across Wuxi Harbor, two ends respectively connecting the Taihu Greenway for cycling and strolling, and the recreational area in Lanshan, Fudong, standing as a significant landscape node in Taihu basin.

Based on the existing bridge structure, the deck and fence parts are designed. The intertwining images of mountain, river, fog and wind fabricating the site are projected onto the form of the bridge. Bamboo is employed as formwork in concreting the handrails of the deck so as to imprint the unique texture of bamboo tubes. The undulant steel structure sprouting from both sides of the bridge, shaped like clasping arms, encloses the space for passengers and vehicles to pass through. Removable and replaced bamboo nets are installed within the steel structure, which assures the low cost in maintenance, also the light-weighted and transparent visual effects. The patterns of bamboo nets enliven the rich and delicate light-shadow variations. Pedestrians can step onto the bridge alongside the bank of misty and ripply Taihu, hearing gurgling water through bamboo nets, enjoying shifting scenes along with every walking step. Bamboo nets are produced with carbonized bamboo, preserving the original form and texture of primordial bamboo, meanwhile, guaranteeing better outdoor weatherability and structural stability. With the on-site cooperation between bamboo craftsmen who master the traditional processing technology of bamboo and the construction team for steel structure, positioning point by point, the fence parts are successfully processed and installed on the site.

bamboo nets by traditional handicraft installed in modern steel structure

01-the integration of existing structure and designed deck and fences

02-bridge blending into the landscape

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04-view from the pedestrian lane on the bridge

05-view from the motor way

06-pedestrian's perspective

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08-clasping arms structure enclosing space for pedestrians and vehicles

Axonometric drawing

Elevation

Sectional perspective

Site Plan

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