Sunday, 16 February 2014


trampoline bridge

A new design proposal dubbed ‘A Bridge in Paris’ by the architectural firm AZC could certainly add a unique flair to the city. Essentially it’ll be a giant, inflatable structure with multiple trampolines that cross the famous Seine River. No doubt, pedestrians would have a blast crossing the bridge.

 AZC’s website states “It appears to us that Paris has the bridges 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.”
The design is composed of three rings, stretching 30 meters in diameter, the middle of each ring contains a massive trampoline. Described as ‘floating buoys’, the outer rings are composed of PVC membrane and all three are bound together by a cord. The circular outskirts allow for an arch-like structure, which would appear to allow boats to pass underneath
Paris has plans to add some serious fun to its gorgeous, historic city, as an inflatable trampoline bridge will have people bouncing across the Seine.

 The inflatable trampoline bridge has been proposed as a part of the Archtriumph competition in the French capital of Paris. Located near the Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge, the structure would be constructed of floating PVC buoys, each 30 meters in diameter. “Each module under tension – filled with 3700 cubic meters of air – develops in space with an arch-like form,” says architects AZC, who add that the design is “dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river.” They describe the bridge as something “fun and frivolous”  to contrast what they consider “stressful Paris.” “It appears to us that Paris has the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways,” the firm writes on its website. “Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water.”

The three 98 foot modules will be filled with air and held in place by cords pulled tight to form arches to hold people crossing the trampoline bridge in France in the center of the bridge. One of the most important features of the trampoline bridge in France are the tension cords that hold the bridge in place as the walls of the bridge are the only safety feature included in the design. The tension cords must be pulled to a required tension for the bridge to remain taught and avoid injuries to the general public.

Atelier Zundel Cristea are the designing architects who produced the design as they claimed the city of Paris had enough bridges to handle the vehicular and pedestrian traffic crossing the River Seine. The architects stated in their design proposal that the bridge would provide a joyous experience for the residents and visitors of Paris in a different way to those already offered. Each end of the trampoline bridge in France will be equipped with a staricase for climbing on and off the bridge, and a slide option for those disembarking after crossing the river by trampoline.

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