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Despite a number of innovations in physics and technology, the basic design of bridges has remained relatively static, with very few changes. Of course we know that bridges currently being developed are stronger and more aesthetically pleasing than those that came before them, yet the basic essence of a bridge has not been altered radically at all. That is, until now. According to an article from Designboom, a new installation in Paris, France, has taken the basic bridge and flipped it on its head.
The new bridge, currently just a concept, would be installed above the River Seine in the city, but what makes it different is that you travel across it by bouncing across it. It’s being called Trampoline Bridge and would be installed on custom inflatable modules:
“Installed near the Bir-Hakeim Bridge, the conception is formed out of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter. In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched. The floating buoys, fabricated in PVC membrane, are attached together by cord to form a stable and self-supporting ensemble.”
The three buoys, the article says, are each filled with 3700 cubic meters (more than 130k cubic feet) and can be adapted to fit into larger or smaller installations. The inflatable Trampoline Bridge was developed by an architecture firm as part of a competition to design a new bridge for Paris. As part of its concept, the article says the firm has lofty artistic goals:
“…locat[ing] an architectural reflection within the realm of contemporary urban enjoyment. By noting that the notion of happiness is often linked to nature they recognize that human beings remain nostalgic for and imaginative of a state of primal happiness, of ancestral times when body and spirit were essentially free.”
Whether or not a bridge like this will ever be designed is unclear – however, it’s safe to say we’d rather bounce across the river instead of walking!