Dawn Bridge, Shanghai, is a 80m-wide dual-use crossing conceived of as a landmark accommodating daily life and social activities. The bridge is located near the historical town of Zhujiajiao, between the famous Fangsheng Bridge and the low-key Qingpu Road Bridge.The 24m-wide bridge signals to the future of the area, with a design that adds value to its surrounding, fostering social activities at the riverfront. MVRDV won this competition and completion is anticipated for 2019.
The site of Dawn Bridge lies between the old town of Zhujiajiao and new residential developments;between the existing crossings of the Fangsheng Bridge (a landmark since 1571) and the Qingpu Bridge (a low-key modern road bridge).
Given that the bridge should establish a relationship with its historic and calm surroundings, the height of the proposal was kept intentionally low. The vertical alignment of the bridge allows for a sense of lightness and results in a graceful low curve above the water that blends with the surrounding landscape. Beyond a seamless integration with the context, the aim is to provide a bridge for everybody. By keeping the vertical alignment to a maximum and a slope of 8%, the bridge becomes accessible to all people whether on foot, bicycle or wheelchair.
The bridge mimics its delicate surroundings by absorbing its palette of colours and materials. The grey roofs are recalled by the grey asphalt, while the white walls are expressed by the white bridge structure. The reddish wood of houses and boats becomes the cover of the pedestrian deck and landings. Finally, the green of water and nature appears in form of trees on top of the deck as in the Fangsheng Bridge.
Dawn Bridge favours the view over the old town of Zhujiajiao and maximizes the space available for pedestrians. Although it prioritizes pedestrians, the bridge takes into account the driver experience: winding slightly to provide ever-changing perspectives of the surroundings.
To minimize the noise and air pollution coming from the bridge, the middle truss is clad and covered by a new structure: the flat deck morphs into a tridimensional structure and becomes a tribune. The grandstand provides a viewing platform and a gathering place overlooking the water.
To provide a passage along the riverfront, the landings become staircases that allow pedestrians to cross on top. In addition, the landings themselves become a place for observing and reaching the water. By connecting directly to the water, the bridge connects with the river and the network of canals that form and define Zhujiajiao. The inauguration of the bridge will catalyse a process of bringing life and activities along the river banks.
The Fangsheng Bridge is already a landmark and a tourist attraction. The new link will be striking in its own right, without overshadowing history. It will serve the purpose of acknowledging and celebrating its surroundings:not just a link, but a new urban item. The bridge elevation is a new horizon and the tribune a new light rising from it: that will reflect the first light of every morning in Zhujiajiao.
Dawn Bridge will be a living room and an active part of the community, allowing people to gather, celebrate and contemplate the river landscape.
- Design team
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