With the growth of World Cities in the 1990s, the contemporary notion of the Urban Gathering was born. Its essential characteristic is the creation of a specific urban sense of time through a scheduled series of varied ephemeral events. Paris has chosen the Seine River to anchor its warm-weather leisure projects, like Paris Plage, where stretches of heavily-trafficked riverside arteries are transformed into beaches of sand and palm trees.
The project, developed by French AZC Architects, allows locating an architectural reflection within the realms of urban transformation and enjoyment. The architect’s intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water.
AZC Architects propose a distinctive urban feature: Bridge Bounce, 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, Bridge Bounce is formed of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 metres 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 cords to form a stable and self-supporting ensemble. Each module under tension, filled with 3700 cubic metres of air, develops in space with an arch-like form. Designed entirely of light materials: PVC membranes, trampoline mesh, air… the project crosses the Seine at a specific point; it can of course adapt to larger or smaller dimensions at other sites.
Bridge Bounce allows every visitor a novel view of Paris from his or her own unique spatial position: upright and leaping, upside down and tumbling, gliding above like a circus performer.
Architects | AZC Architects, Paris, France
Location | Paris, France
Technical info | Barrisol PVC Ceiling
Picture credits | Sergio Grazia