Somehow not satisfied with having the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, Zhangjiajie is planning to introduce an even more mind-bending transparent walkway to frighten visitors.
This latest structure is designed to blend in with the iconic natural environment at the Hunan national park, which is credited with inspiring Avatar, so much that it’s “invisible.” The design was thought up by the Paris-based firm Martin Duplantier Architecte. It will cost $5.2 million to build.
Which seems like a bargain for something so neat. The structure will be built between two sandstone cliffsides. It will be made from mirrored stainless steel and the floor will be fashioned from black stone that becomes reflective when wet. There will be two layers with the top layer featuring an observation platform and the bottom layer featuring a frightening see-through floor view of the canyon far, far below. There are also plans for a cafe and a guest house in the glass structure.
Here’s what the studio has to say about their design.
They are the opportunity, each in its own respect, to create a physical relationship with this rock face. The illusion of a mirror for the one, the fear of the void for the next, and lastly the setting in abyss for the final.
The concept developed is that of illusionist development. Stealthy. Geometric. Contrasting with a complex landscape, the footbridges are of pure geometric shapes, which seem to have been placed delicately on the carved relief of the site.
Check out the concept below:
If you happen to have an idea for a cool glass-bottomed bridge, then China is the place to be. In August, Zhangjiajie finally opened its long-awaited 430-meter-long glass-bottomed bridge spanning the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon. Less than two weeks later, the bridge was shut down because way too many people wanted to walk across it.
By the end of September, the organizational issues had been worked out and the bridge was re-opened. Not content to rest on its success, park managers are apparently intent on capitalizing on this “golden age” of glass bridges.
[Images via Martin Duplantier Architectes]
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