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Austrian architect designs Olympic bridge
Image: Penda

Austrian architect designs Olympic bridge

The Local · 12 Aug 2016, 09:00

Published: 12 Aug 2016 09:00 GMT+02:00

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The brainchild of Chinese and Austrian architects Sun Dayong and Chris Precht, founders of the Beijing-Vienna architecture studio Penda, the bridge has been called the San Shan Bridge and will span the Gui River in the Chinese capital.

The construction features five stunning rings, which are a nod to the five Olympic rings and are also representative of the five major regions in the world that take part in the competition.

The 90 metre tall steel rings tilt towards each other in pairs, with the designers describing them as bicycle wheels.

Image: Penda

Emphasis will also be placed on public space on the bridge, as the design allows for transportation and pedestrian lanes, which will be separated by a stripe of greenery.

Penda’s bold design will be materialised by British structural engineering firm ARUP, headquartered in London, which will build the bridge with the thinnest supports possible in order to accentuate its gorgeous aesthetics.

The bridge’s name San Shan translates as "three mountains" in English, and refers to the three peaks visible when viewing the bridge from either side.

It will connect Beijing to the city of Zhangjiakou, in North China’s Hebei Province, and will transform the area between the two municipalities into a hub for the upcoming Beijing Horticultural Expo 2019 and the Winter Games three years after that.

After playing host to the Olympics in 2008, Beijing will also become the first city in the world to have hosted both the summer games and the winter event.

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Chris Precht is a young architect who graduated from the Technical University in Vienna in 2013. He founded Penda with Dayong in 2012, with one of the firm's most famous projects being the Hongkun Art Gallery.

Story courtesy of Central European News

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