meadows salford elliptical bridge + landmark proposal by penda
meadows salford elliptical bridge + landmark proposal by penda meadows salford elliptical bridge + landmark proposal by penda
oct 08, 2013

meadows salford elliptical bridge + landmark proposal by penda

meadows salford elliptical bridge proposal by penda
all images courtesy of alex daxböck and chris precht of penda




changing its appearance depending on the angle of approach, this proposal for the meadows salford bridge competition by designers alex daxböck and chris precht of penda features a strong elliptical shape. the project offers a dominant visual landmark that when viewed from its side looks like a regular suspended bridge, but as one gets closer the structure opens up to a rounded volume, engulfing pedestrians as they cross over to the meadows. the multifaceted object is in contrast to its surrounding harmonious green spaces. the crossing is presented as a disco-like object when viewed from the south and north, whereas from the western and eastern sides it looks slim and elegant, almost two-dimensional. constructed using a truss system that supports a wooden pathway with glazed semi-transparent handrails with both of its endings generously widened, inviting pedestrians on its platform. the walkway merges onto a terraced landscape, which can be used for lounging and as an open air theater. the main structural element is made using a welded steel tube that rests on two concrete bearings, supporting and carrying the weight at the same time. during the day the suspension cables reflect the sunlight, while the sun’s energy is stored in energy saving LED’s, allowing the bridge to glow during the night.



from the side, the structure seems to be a normal suspended bridge



night view showing the elliptical structure in its surrounding context



LED’s store energy from the sun during the day making the structure glow at night



the bridge gradually widens at its ends, inviting pedestrians onto the walkway



the rounded structure opens up



concept diagrams



the bridge opens up the closer visitors walk towards it



section I



section II



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