A bridge doesn’t need to include the standard, grey concrete beams, cables, and deck. They can twist and turn and pop with colour.
That’s the philosophy behind the Lucky Knot bridge in Changsha, China, which was designed by Next Architects.
Spotted by Designboom, the whimsical pedestrian bridge actually has three bridges woven into one structure. Next Architects was awarded the project after their design proposal won an international competition in 2013, Michel Schreimachers, a partner at the firm, tells Business Insider. The steel bridge in Changsha’s newly redeveloped city center was completed in late 2016.
Check it out below.
The Lucky Knot stretches over a highway and the Dragon King Harbour River, sitting 78 feet above the river so boats can travel beneath it.
Rather than just connecting the two sides, Schreimachers says, it also functions as a pedestrian playground.
The bridge serves not only as a form of transportation, but also as a public space where pedestrians can mingle above the highway and river.
In ancient Chinese folk art, the knot stands for luck and prosperity, Schreimachers says. The colour red also symbolises good fortune and joy.
Next Architects is known for creating unconventional bridges. The firm also built one in a Netherlands floodplain last year that can be submerged in water.
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