设计团队 深圳华汇设计X⁺ STUDIO
We designed the “Fold” and reconstructed the “Curve” - two bridges in OCT-Time Town, Shajiabang, Changshu, Suzhou. They connect the new business district and the ancient town, satisfy the daily passage of residents and ships, and hopefully, invigorate the ancient town with people traveling back and forth or sometimes stopping and watching and ships going to and fro.
A shaft of morning sunlight breaks through the mist, falls upon the folded surfaces of the bridge, and creates a subtle gradation of light and shadow. The sleeping ancient town wakes up amidst bustling activities and immense tranquility.
“Fold” is a new pedestrian bridge, which is designed to build a bond between the new business and the ancient town in the main entrance area under the premise of meeting the passage of ships. The bridge is 40.6 meters long.
We sought to translate the texture of the old houses in the ancient town into the bridge while adding an element of transparency and visibility to it. We also designed small platforms and descending staircases so that residents and tourists can either pass by or stop and enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the ancient town. We wished to invigorate the town through the fusion of the dual attributes of the bridge – for both shuttling and stopover, the intersection between people and the integration of the old and the new.
“Fold” is situated at the main entrance of the ancient town. An opening of approachable dimensions on the folded railings of the top facilitates sightseeing of the new urban area and the ancient town, and provides a better visual experience for pedestrians.
The railings of the bridge are made of anti-corrosion wood in the form of grilles, which through the control of the virtual-to-real ratio, generate an illusory effect of realism with light and pedestrians. A descending staircase at each end of the bridge is for resting and sightseeing.
The top of the bridge is a multi-fold surface, and it has different heights，some of it is approachable, which improves the overall permeability of the bridge and provides different landscape views.
The body of the bridge is a new steel structure. The sides are clad in silver-gray satin stainless steel, which diffuses a certain ambient color . The steel structure of the bottom and body of the bridge is partially exposed, which forms a contrast of roughness against tenderness between the structure and the cladding.
On the ancient Wan’an Bridge, a pedestrian and her friends are walking side by side and a motorcycle is chugging by. The long, continuous lines as well simple, old-fashioned wood and concrete structure create an unusual commuting experience and also a landmark of the ancient town.
“Curve” refers to the reconstruction of the Wan’an Bridge, a historic bridge with a length of 60 meters.
The design concept of “Curve” is similar to that of “Fold,” which is to extract the texture of the pitched roofs of the ancient town and put the gradually changing ridges of the different pitched roofs one by one through the 60-meter-long bridge to form a meandering passageway. The various density of the wooden grille is aligned with the changing ridges, which look simple and stately from a distance and delicate and intricate nearby.
The body of the bridge retains the original concrete structure while the reconstructed part comprises the steel structure and anti-corrosion wood grille. Segments are spliced together and optimized to accelerate construction and control costs.