A new lake district on Changsha’s Meixi Lake held an international competition to design a pedestrian bridge crossing over the Dragon King Harbor River as a way to liven up the area, and while the winning design is a sight to behold, we can’t help but want to cruise through it on a miniature go-kart while slinging turtle shells at living toadstools and and shit.
The winning proposal was created by Beijing and Amsterdam-based firm NEXT Architects, who do not claim to have been inspired by the rainbow-paved roads of mankind’s most important* go-kart racing video game, according to the company’s web site:
“The construction with the intersecting connections is based on the principal of the Möbius ring,” states Michel Schreinemachers. “On the other hand it refers to a Chinese knot that comes from an ancient decorative Chinese folk art,” adds John van de Water.
With a total span of more than 150 meter and 24 meters high, the bridge connects a diversity of routings on different heights. The iconic appearance contributes to the developing identity of the area and with its lighting contributes to the whole light routing along the river. It provides both a view on the Dragon King Harbor River as well as Meixi Lake, Changsha and it surrounding mountains.
Construction of the bridge is planned to begin in 2014. Let’s a-go!
*admittedly the only go-kart-themed video game I’ve ever played
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