NEXT architects win competition for meixi lake bridge
NEXT architects win competition for meixi lake bridge NEXT architects win competition for meixi lake bridge
nov 02, 2013

NEXT architects win competition for meixi lake bridge

‘changsha meixi lake pedestrian bridge’ by NEXT architects, Changsha, hunan province, china
image © NEXT architects





the dragon king harbor river development is a large-scale master plan aimed at reactivating a new lake district on changsha’s meixi lake. a key component to this project is the winning proposal for a pedestrian bridge designed by beijing and amsterdam-based studio NEXT architects. the 150-meter bridge stands 24 meters tall, with a unique form that resembles a moebius ring or a chinese knot originating from ancient folk art – an architecturally new identity for the developing area. it also provides crucial connection points along different planes along the harbor, from water’s edge to the elevated hills, and the various functions located in each location.


view from the water
image © NEXT architects



concept evolution
image © NEXT architects

  • That is one long and narrow lake.

    max says:
  • A red version of Zaha Hadid’s bridge in Abu Dhabi (Sheikh Zayed bridge)?

    ETX111 says:
  • The concept is really beautiful, but a bridge is originally designed to cross an obstacle like a river with a minimal effort. Pushing a baby buggy is no fun here, not to mention older people or bicycles. With snow or ice.
    And including steps does not make it better in these terms if there is no general altitude difference to compensate.
    Soften it and conceal a flat bottom with curving sidewalls – gives the same effect with much more benefit.

    Dirk16 says:
  • How does a car get onto this bridge?

    SJR says:
  • ^^ by disregarding the law and crashing through the pylons

    simon says:
  • it looks really nice.

    OYKU says:
  • our profession is frequently plagued by these nonsense…..form and function, just form and not functioning is not an option….

    Chanyatola says:
  • If I am interviewing architects for a new bridge, upon seeing this, I will say, “Next, please!!”….:-)

    Chanyatola says:

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