azc: bridge in paris
azc: bridge in paris azc: bridge in paris
oct 15, 2012

azc: bridge in paris

‘bridge in paris’ by AZC architecture studio


the competition brief, a bridge in paris, allows paris-based studio AZC to locate an architectural reflection within the realm of contemporary urban enjoyment. by noting that the notion of happiness is often linked to nature they recognize that human beings remain nostalgic for and imaginative of a state of primal happiness, of ancestral times when body and spirit were essentially free.


while paris has grown to conform a movement to regular rituals and daily itineraries, it appears that the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways. by inviting its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water, a distinctive urban feature is proposed: 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, the conception is formed out of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters 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 cord to form a stable and self-supporting ensemble. each module under tension – filled with 3700 cubic meters of air – developing in  space with an arch-like form. designed entirely of light materials, the project crosses the seine at a specific point; it can of course  adapt to larger or smaller dimensions at other sites. located in direct relationship to eiffel’s tower the installation becomes symbol of  ephemeral architecture designed to provide a unique experience: a view of all of paris.







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  • Brilliant!

    David says:
  • what rich coutries can afford to!

    antonio says:
  • Unrealistic – multiple people jumping counter the spring effects of others. One-at-a-time would be as frustrating as a single drinking fountain in a public park in Phoenix. Neck and back braces required for non-gymnasts.

    Jim C. says:
  • The romance of the concept is great but i agree with Jim C. You’d also have people bouncing off the edge and eventually breaking through the trampoline into the Seine.

    faf says:
  • Frightening insecure – people might hurt each other jumping together…

    Nat says:
  • What an imaginative idea. I wonder if someone could actually build this. I’m sure it would be very popular.

    Atlantic Trampolines says:
  • looks like a lot of fun!

    Deborah says:
  • Great idea! The breaking through concept:

    – use of inflatable modules!
    – everyday urban fun!

    bbala says:
  • bbala gets it ! deborah too !

    “let imagination soar !

    let concepts develop !

    let all solutions begin with love.”


    eisenhower says:
  • props eisenhower. the french would actually maybe make this happen. they’re not as caught up on liability issues because they manage to take responsibility for themselves. their kids play very well. they’re not the most athletic but they always get up after they fall. i’ve seen for myself as an american living in paris.
    it would be absolutely magical getting on that thing. we can only hope it gets picked up.

    k says:
  • antonio – your face is unrealistic

    a says:
  • It would take me hours to get to point B , however fun fun fun! <3

    LaM says:
  • wonderful

    hj yuliaana says:

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