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BAU Built Sinuous Pedestrian Bridge With Sculptural Pavilion Overlooking The Yuandang Lake

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Melbourne and Shanghai-based practice BAU Brearley Architects + Urbanists (BAU) has built a sinuous pedestrian bridge overlooking the Yuandang Lake in Qingpu, Shanghai, Suzhou Jiangsu, China.

Named Yuandang Bridge, the 586-metre-long bridge was designed as a hybrid structure incorporating landscape, infrastructure, and architecture. The bridge is located in a key location where the two jurisdictions meet. 

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

While the shape of the bridge continuous in a fluid way, the space where the bridge widens the most is home to a sculptural pavilion creating a porous wall. The intervention functions both sculpture and playground.

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

The figure of the bridge resembles a ribbon and echoes water ripples on the Yuandang Lake below. Trees and shrubs are incorporated in the bridge, giving the appearance of a floating garden connecting the two banks. 

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

The six-meter-wide bridge deck is divided into three bands: cycling path, vegetation band and walking path. The winding bridge has three widened sections for resting and enjoying the lake view. 

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

To achieve this geometry, the studio takes inspiration from local sculptural traditions, the bridge’s pavilion explores contemporary mathematics modeling, while becoming a playful part of the bridge for its users.

The bridge is a dynamic ensemble, integrating ecology, transportation, landscape, and culture.

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

Masterplan

BAU built sinuous pedestrian bridge with sculptural pavilion overlooking the Yuandang Lake

Sections and elevations

BAU, led by partners James Brearley and Fang Qun, is an architecture, urban design, urban planning and landscape architecture practice driven by values embedded in progressive eastern and western philosophies.

Project facts

Project name: Yuandang Bridge

Architects: BAU

Project Status: Completed 2020­­

Location: Qingpu, Shanghai, Suzhou Jiangsu, China

Year: 2020

Construction Cost: CNY 86,000,000 

Typology: Urban design, public landscape

Program: Pedestrian bridge, pavilion, bicycle path

Project Leader: Huang Fang

Team: Berry Pan Linlu , Zhu Qizhen , Yan Xiaoxi , Guo Liexia, Shi Zhengting, Sheng Bailu, Zhao Zheng 

Invested by: China Three Gorges Corporation

Client: Construction Bureau of Fen Lake High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Jiangsu Province, Shanghai Qingpu District Water Conservancy Management Institute

General coordinator: Yangtze River Delta Ecological Integration Development Demonstration Zone Executive Committee 

Engineering: Shanghai Investigation, Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd

Contractor: CCCC Shanghai Dredging Co., Ltd.

Video © Dera (Construction footage provided by CCCC Shanghai Dredging Co., Ltd.)

All images © Zhu Runzi

All drawings © BAU

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