Yuandang Bridge by BAU is a “hybrid” of landscape and infrastructure

Yuandang Bridge by BAU is a “hybrid” of landscape and infrastructure

A snaking bridge that incorporates areas for engage in, rest and planting connects two locations of wetland across Shanghai’s Yuandang Lake, in this venture by Brearley Architects + Urbanists.


The China and Australia-based Brearley Architects + Urbanists (BAU) made the 586-metre beam bridge for cyclists and pedestrians as a “hybrid composition”, blending architecture, infrastructure and landscape with the current pathways and mother nature on the site.

Brearley Architects + Urbanists (BAU) has designed a snaking bridge about Yuandang Lake

Working east-west across the southern end of Yuandang Lake, the bridge has supplied a new relationship among Shanghai municipality and Jiangsu province given that it opened in 2020.

“The serpentine system of the two the park’s networks is adopted for the bridge, generating it a clean and official extension,” BAU director James Brearley informed Dezeen. “It also provides the advantage of varying progressive views, a Chinese classical backyard garden theory.”

Aerial view of bridge of Yuandang Lake
It is built as a “hybrid construction” that blends architecture and landscape

“The bridge is a hybrid of numerous things not normally found in a bridge, combining vegetation, pavilions, sculptural engage in spaces and plazas with seating,” he ongoing.

“The consumer did not plan on the vegetation or pavilion on the bridge, but embraced these initiatives.”

Bridge with Y-shaped columns
Y-shaped steel columns guidance the bridge

Y-shaped metal columns assist the bridge’s metal box girder construction, topped by a snaking walkway that widens in a few sites to make place for a included pavilion and rest locations on the lookout out throughout the lake.

The bridge is divided into three strips demarcated by graphics. Pedestrian and bicycle lanes run both aspect of a central place showcasing trees, plants and elongated seating areas that observe the bend of the bridge.

At the Yuandang Bridge’s midpoint, a massive cover of hammered steel supported by skinny metal columns handles a pavilion area. In this article, seating and a “pavilion playground” are included by a sculptural tunnel of white perforated metallic sheets.

“The pavilion playground is centered on a negligible surface area mathematical product,” explained Brearley. “We initially explored negligible surfaces in our playground designs with rope nets and solid forms 15 yrs back.”

Pavilion on Yuandang Bridge
A “pavilion playground” sits at the center of the bridge

“Most perforation providing transparency is reached where the load is least expensive and negligible perforation the place the floor requires strength,” he included.

Strips of lighting on the base of the bridge’s walkway generate a glowing outcome on the lake at night, complemented by lights at the base of seating spots, along the balustrades. Uplighting also results in shadows and reflections in the pavilion playground.

Pavilion on Yuandang Bridge
The pavilion consists of a sculptural tunnel of white metallic sheets

In Shenzhen, Hong Kong-centered landscape studio eLandscript took a identical tactic of blending architecture, infrastructure and landscape when transforming a disused ability plant into an city wetland.

The images is by Zhu Runzi.


Challenge credits:

Architect: Brearley Architects + Urbanists
Challenge chief: Huang Fang
Staff: Berry Pan Linlu, Zhu Qizhen, Yan Xiaoxi, Guo Liexia, Shi Zhengting, Sheng Bailu, Zhao Zheng
Consumer: Construction Bureau of Fen Lake Superior-tech Industrial Improvement Zone, Jiangsu Province, Shanghai Qingpu District Water Conservancy Administration Institute
Common coordinator: Yangtze River Delta Ecological Integration Growth