Shizimen Bridge – Infinity Loop Bridge – by 10 Design

Shizimen Bridge – Infinity Loop Bridge – by 10 Design

Architects : 10 Design
Project team: Gordon Affleck, Adrian Boot, David Emmer, Bernice Kwok, Carlo Maria Ciampoli, Colin Ashton, Frisly Collop, Jon Martin, Lukasz Wawrzenczyk, Magic Kwan, Mike Kwok, Phil Gray, Rob Rodriguez
Location: Zhuhai, China

The winning Infinity Loop Bridge scheme proposes an undulating ribbon of structure that wraps around the 6 lane road deck in a continuous sculptural loop form. At low levels the loop cradles the road deck, with the structural ribbon then soaring upwards to create 2 triangulated arch forms.

These triangular gateways, one primary and one secondary, then support the road deck over 2 separate distinct spans via suspension cables. The primary triangulated gate is some 100m in height and by diagonally crossing the deck of the bridge celebrating not only the crossing of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, but also the meeting point of the canal with the Pearl River Delta.

The continuity of the loop structure is visible from the opposite mainland shoreline to the west, and appears as a dramatic free standing infinity loop.

As well as the gateway bridge the team was also placed 2nd & 3rd in the competition for two of the 4 secondary bridges crossing the canal.

The other placed schemes integrated both landscape and media within the design of the bridge structures to activate the edges of the more pedestrian scaled bridges.

Gordon Affleck of 10 stated that

this was 10 DESIGN’s first real exposure to major bridge design and with a 300m waterway to cross it was critical that we worked hand in hand with the creative engineering team at Buro Happold if we were to achieve our goal of creating an elegant and sculptural structure that at the same time would be structurally rational and efficient.

David Emmer, Design Associate at 10 Design stated that

the complex coastline conditions created an odd and asymmetric span, however we realized that by tying 2 simple parabolic arches together in a single ribbon form we could split the bridge into 2 simpler spans. Thereby keeping a rational structure while making a strong formal statement, in that the bridge when reflected off the water created a double 8 figure, a sign of prosperity in Chinese culture.

Buro Happold’s Hayden Nuttall was delighted by the win

it is great when a team really pulls together to create an eye catching design that is underpinned by elegant and efficient engineering. We are very much looking forward to taking this project forward with 10 DESIGN and the Client.

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