Trampoline bridge proposed for Paris

2012-10-18 15:01
Paris - Can you imagine bouncing across a mega inflatable bridge made up of three interlinked trampolines?

This could have been a reality for visitors to Paris if architectural firm AZC had its way.

They’re proposing an inflatable trampoline bridge over the River Seine. In fact this proposal won them third place in the ArchTriump Bridge in Paris competition. If number three is this cool, we can only speculate what the winner’s proposal must be like – unfortunately a search for the first and second slot came up naught.



Photo: AZC

According to AZC the brief was for architectural reflection within the realm of contemporary urban enjoyment.

They explain on their website, “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. We propose a distinctive urban feature: An inflatable bridge equipped with giant trampolines, dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river.



Photo: AZC

“Installed near the Bir-Hakeim Bridge, it is formed of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters 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.

We can't think of a more entertaining or innovative way to cross a river!

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