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Lucky Knot Bridge in Changsha, China Is a Design and Engineering Marvel

Lucky Knot Bridge in Changsha Is a Design & Engineering Marvel
PHOTOGRAPH: Brent Toderian | City Planner/urbanist Brent Toderian says he loves pedestrian bridges. He tweeted that Lucky Knot by NEXT Architects is intriguing.

Amazing landmarks and architectural structures across the world often arouse the curiosity and create a sense of awe in locals and visitors. They also allow the creators to showcase technological progress.

One such case is the eye-riveting Changsha China Lucky Knot Bridge. The design team derived inspiration from Chinese knot, which signifies prosperity and luck. The color of the bridge, red, evokes something celebratory.

The Lucky Knot Bridge in Changsha, which consists of three separate bridges (and walkways overlapping at five points) intertwining into one, also brings to mind the Mobius Strip. The latter represents constant change. Some people also associate the Mobius Strip with reincarnation.

THE DESIGN TEAM

Stretching over a highway and river (approximately 78 feet above the river), the bridge project with Dutch roots is like no other.  NEXT Architects projects include the “bat bridge” in the Netherlands.

NEXT architects hold offices in Amsterdam and Beijing. Michel Schreimachers, a partner at the firm, said NEXT was awarded the project after its design proposal won in an international competition back in 2013.

The steel pedestrian steel bridge is 185 meters long and is 24 meters high. It fits snugly in the sequence of extraordinary bridges that characterize NEXT’s practice. The firm considered the local context, while also embodying new design perspectives.

THE ADDED VALUE

Apart from offering a sweeping view of the city and natural features, the bridge offers added socio-cultural value. Schreimachers noted how the Chinese megacity is rapidly changing. He said that the context called for a unique gesture to inspire people passing by. It is envisioned to also serve ecological and tourist attraction purposes.

Indeed, it certainly looks like the days of bridges made of drab gray concrete beams, cables, and the deck is slowly fading into oblivion.  Iconic symbols of a country, like the Golden Bridge of San Francisco for the U.S. and now the Lucky Knot Bridge for China, are marvels of engineering technology that go beyond their typical functional use.

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