Architect: Atelier Zündel Cristea, France
Location: Paris, France
If bridges are commonplace in Paris, they are usually meant to allow cars, trains, cyclists or pedestrians to go from point a to point b by crossing the Seine River. But what if they could do more?
For the Paris-based Atelier Zündel Cristea (AZC), a bridge should be a unique, entertaining experience for pedestrians. And what better way to entertain people than building a giant trampoline? Made of three PVC rings inflated with more than 130,000 cubic feet of air, AZC’s creation was suggested as an entry for a competition organized by Archtriumph, a web-based architecture and design magazine.
The still-virtual bridge would be installed near the Bir-Hakeim Bridge. It consists of inflatable modules similar to giant life-preservers of 30 meters in diameter. In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched. The floating buoys, made of a PVC membrane, are attached together with a cord to form a stable and self-supporting construction.
The project, entitled “Saut de Seine”, would grant tourists and inhabitants alike with a new perspective of Paris: upright and leaping, upside down and tumbling or even gliding above like a circus performer!
If constructed, Saut de Seine would be located close to Eiffel’s tower, which is itself a symbol of ephemeral architecture designed to provide a unique view of Paris. According to the designers of AZC, these two constructions share a specific vision of architecture: one meant to create happiness in the city.
Technical info: PVC membrane
Picture credits: Courtesy Atelier Zündel Cristea