Tezuka Architects - Matsunoyama Natural Science Museum, 2003. A 39’ X 13’ picture window made of 3” acrylic was designed to withstand over 2300lbs/inch of pressure to provide visitors with a unique view of the region’s massive amount of annual snowfall, which can top 100 feet/season. Via, 2, photos (C) Katsuhisa Kida.
Merchant Square footbridge
Location/Year: London, England UK / 2014
Photograph: Edmund Sumner
GIF: The Gasoline Station
Source : the-gasoline-station
The Ravelijn “Op den Zoom” Bridge (Bergen Op Zoom, The Netherlands)
In former days, the Ravelijn was supplied from the city with small rowing boats. The concept of the bridge is, to let the bridge follow the original track of these boats, so the bridge echoes the former route the boats followed from the city to the fortress. That is why the bridge snakes across the water to the fortress.
In winter the bridge can be pulled to the side, so there can be ice-skated around the fortress.
The deck of the bridge is convex to let the bridge blend in with the water and the surroundings. No mirror image in the water and as close to the water as possible. The stairs at the jetty near the fortress can move up and down (and stay horizontal) with the water level.
The bridge is made completely to the principles of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy. Air-filled polyethylene pipes positioned underneath the timber surface help keep the bridge afloat, without requiring any additional structural framework. The decking is made of Accoya, a high-performance wood product, which is treated to improve its ability to resist fungal decay, and the effect of swelling and shrinkage that could result from its proximity to water.
by RO&AD Architects
Minghu Wetland Park (Liupanshui City, China)
The project is situated along the Shuicheng River. The scope of the task includes ecological restoration of the river, the upgrading of urban open space system, as well as increasing the value of urban waterfront land. The landscape along the Shuicheng River is therefore recovered as an ecological infrastructure providing ecological services to the region. After nearly three years of project phase one design and construction, the once highly polluted and channelized waterway of Liupanshui City has been transformed back into the lifeline of the city through the use of vegetation and natural embankments.