ns, bridges are built over waterways as a symbol of passage to an important place or a state of mind (a set of five bridges cross a meandering waterway in an important courtyard of the Forbidden City a.o.).
The concept is deeply rooted in history and tradition of Hangzhou, whose identity is closely connected to the water. The City of Hangzhou, probably the most famous of all water towns, could therefore also be called the City of Bridges. Also in the Waterpark of the future Sport Village for ASIAD 2022, every single of the seven bridges serves a particular purpose and addresses different situations. Some of them are very exposed and visible from afar, others will be more low-key and support daily traffic of different users in a sophisticated traffic system.
Benjing Road Bridge follows the typology of numerous famous covered bridges built in Europe and Asia in the past centuries. This bridge offers excellent protection for pedestrians from the weather elements. Benjing Road Bridge also accommodates other content, such as shops and small businesses along both sides. It is the continuation of a major pedestrian thoroughfare and links the complex contents on both river banks and in the streets behind them. Acting like a water pavilion, it creates a very “urban” situation. It enables pleasant and easy pedestrian traffic regardless of the weather conditions.
ClientQianjiang Century City Administration Committee, Xiaoshan District, Municipality of Hangzhou, P.R. China
Gross Floor Area (mq)4375
ArchitectsJADRIC ARCHITEKTUR ZT GmbH, Mladen Jadric, Architecture - Klaus Semsroth, Urban Planning; TONGJI ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SUN TONGYU & XU KAI OFFICE), Sun Tongyu - Xu Kai
Design teamTEAM VIENNA: Maximilian Krankl, Jakob Mayer, Simon Groihofer, Dennis Przybilka, Goran Papo, Federica Rizzo; TEAM Shanghai: Zhao Liang, Li Wenzhu, Yuchun Wang, Jiang Xianghua, Kang Huang, Xin Song; 3D-Team: Claudio Anderwald Computer Graphics
Main ContractorQianjiang Century City Administration Committee, Xiaoshan District, Municipality of Hangzhou, P.R. China
ConsultantsHVAC CONCEPT: Kälte Ingenieuring GmbH, Wien
Photo Credits© JADRIC ARCHITEKTUR ZT GmbH & TONGJI ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Curriculum studio / partecipanteMladen Jadric is teaching (TU) and practicing architecture in Vienna, Austria. He has realized a wide range of projects of different scales: architectural and urban design projects, housing, residences, art installations and experiments with new materials and technologies in Austria, USA, Finland and China. He has gained extensive experience as a visiting professor and guest lecturer in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia, and South America. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, M.I.T., Cooper Union, and Roger Williams University, USA, Alvar Aalto University, Helsinki, the Architectural Biennale in Venice, the World Architectural Triennale in Tokyo, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urban Planning, NIT-Nagoya, and many more. He received the State Award for Experimental Architecture, Karl Scheffel Preis and Schorsch Preis for housing by the City of Vienna, Grand Prize by the Mayor of Busan, Korea. He is a Member of Künstlerhaus.
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