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ORIGAMI BRIDGE

Salford Meadows Bridge

 

Date: 2013

 

Requester: Salford council

 

Team: Atelier Zündel Cristea

 

Site: Salford, England

 

Program: Pedestrian Bridge

 

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The project is the design of a new landmark pedestrian bridge linking The Crescent (A6) with The Meadows. This project will help to unlock the vast development potential of a major corridor linking Salford and Manchester. The scope of this project is to provide a new crossing for pedestrians, over the River Irwell from the A6, to The Meadow on the North of the river.

 

As we looked at the site and read the program, we realized that making a simple bridge would not be a complete answer to designing a public space on The Meadows side. Once they cross the Irwell River and arrive to the Meadows, what else people can do? They have no choice but to continue their journey to the park. The complexity of the site requires a broader proposal. So we decided to do more.

 

The lack of space along the existing Crescent Road will not allow for a big departure of The Bridge. As we cannot change this, we decided that the arrival to The Meadows will be an important architectural event.

 

Our proposal is a sculptural element that responds to the site and crosses The River. The plan is a symmetrical Y, composed of three folded platforms, one being The Bridge. The other two platforms are ramps and terraces that extend along the river, wrap the landscape sculpture and lead people to the existing boardwalk.

 

The new structure, will allow multiple promenades and views along The River and The Meadows. The entire structure is folding such as to absorb the four meters of difference in level between the two sides of The Irwell River.

 

We see the project as a first element of a future development of The Meadows. Its function will exceed the bridge and become a versatile element, a space for contemplation and entertainment, a promenade and a landmark. The Bridge should be an attraction: people can go in order to visit it and enjoy the site. It can host sports and cultural events. It can encourage exchanges and communication between people and become a true playground.

 

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