This totally insane “trampoline” bridge was designed by Atelier Zündel Cristea for a Paris bridge competition which would see the winning design built near the Bir-Hakeim Bridge. It might not be quite as crazy as the loop-the-loop (aka Sonic the Hedgehog) bridge designed by Evgeni Leonov for the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge contest, but as bridge designs go, it’s pretty out there!
Before you all go running off to book airline tickets to France, the “trampoline” bridge hasn’t actually been built yet. Unfortunately I sincerely doubt this bouncy bridge design will be the one chosen by the judges, as those of you with a firm grip on reality will have already gathered.
Still one can but dream and admire the designers’ gregarious ingenuity. Atelier Zündel Cristea said:
“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.”
In other words, all the other bridges in Paris are lame, boring and traditional and the “trampoline” design will bring a bit of adventure and excitement into the lives of Paris’ bridge crossing folk!
The bridge is constructed with “inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter.” Each module contains 3700 meters of cubic air and has trampoline mesh in the center of each ring. They also come with stairs and slides on each side.
One wonders where the on-call paramedic will be located, because as anyone who has used a trampoline regularly will know, there is going to be lots of bloody noses, busted elbows, twisted ankles and sore brainpans!
Source: ACZ Architects