Bizarre or super fun? Recently design agency, Atelier Zündel Cristea (AZC) a Paris-based architectural office, proposed a Trampoline-like Bridge in Paris. Since opening in Alsace in 2001, AZC has quickly developed its size and geographic coverage, winning awards in France and abroad for both built projects and competition proposals. The studio has designed for a broad range of programs, including residential, office, transportation, sport and education.
The bridge will stretch across The Seine and will function as a giant inflatable bouncy bridge. Doesn’t the thought of that take you back to your childhood? The agency said: “A Bridge in Paris, allows us to locate an architectural reflection within this same realm of contemporary urban enjoyment. 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, now, a distinctive urban feature: An inflatable bridge equipped with giant trampolines, dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river. 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.”
Hopefully it will be practical, because I sure wouldn’t mind for a spot of trampoline jumping across The Seine.
Pictures and info courtesy of AZC