TOWARDS OLYMPICS 2022:CHINA’S PENDA OLYMPIC BRIDGE HOPES TO ACHIEVE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE ARCHITECTURE WITH STYLE, UTILITY AND CONSERVATIONby Hampton Rhodes

TOWARDS OLYMPICS 2022:
CHINA’S PENDA OLYMPIC BRIDGE HOPES TO ACHIEVE SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE ARCHITECTURE WITH STYLE, UTILITY AND CONSERVATION

San Shan BridgeInspired by the Olympic rings logo, this newly designed and soon to be constructed bridge just outside of Beijing promises to be one of the innovative new highlights of the 2022 Olympics.

According to archdaily.com, the design and engineering firm Penda has designed a pre-stressed double-helix bridge spanning China’s Gui River that will become an integral part of the infrastructure system for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The San Shan Bridge (which translates to “3 Mountain Bridge”) draws inspiration from the interlacing five rings in the Olympic Symbol and creates a form evocative of the area’s mountainous landscape.

160612_SanShanBridge_structure diagramThe bridge will connect Beijing with the city of Zhangjiakou, where the majority of major outdoor events at the Beijing Olympics will take place. A popular recreational area for residents and tourists, the region surrounding the bridge has seen rapid growth in recent years, a trend which is expected only to escalate as the 2022 Olympic games approach.

San Shan Bridge LoopPlans are in place for major developments by internationally acclaimed architects that will turn the area into an exhibition hub. The bridge will connect visitors and residents to these new locations, as well as become a vital piece of the wider Beijing expansion Master Plan.

San Shan Aerial ViewThe 452 meter long bridge deck is supported by the double-helix structure made up of three sets of arch-like steel structures with a maximum span of 95 meters that intersect above and below the road surface. The deck is then suspended using high-strength steel cables, creating a woven-like pattern as they encircle the bridge. The structure has been engineered to be as slender as possible, allowing the design to use up to 5 times less steel than a conventional box girder bridge.

San Shan Bridge DetailEstablished in 2013 and based in Beijing and Vienna, Penda describes itself as a motivated team of international creatives founded by Chris Precht and Dayong Sun who, drawing perspectives from Western and Eastern history, interpret architectural fundamentals and distill them into one, singular cross-cultural design language. Love of Nature and a Green Design focus invigorate and vitalize Penda’s work. Penda describes their work and their creative process as transcending the traditional in the pursuit of innovation for social impact.


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