It could very well be many bridge architects’ dream to design a bridge that crosses the River Seine. Such a beautiful and historic river has sparked imaginations and evoked emotions of literature, art and love for hundreds of years. Such a grand river can’t help but inspire architects, too.
Well, this architectural studio, Atelier Zündel Cristea, is certainly dreaming about the river, but they’re dreaming a little differently that most artists and architects. They have introduced the concept of a trampoline bridge across the River Seine in Paris. The bridge would go between La Rive Gouche and La Rive Droite.
Yes, I wrote, trampoline. And I meant it. This trampoline bridge, if constructed, would be a set of three inflatable buoys, each about 30 meters in diameter and made out of PVC. Connected together, they would make an arch across the river. These huge ringe buoys would have a trampoline material within them. And you know what happens on trampolines.
And so if this concept comes into the world, Parisian walkers, turned, hoppers, would be able to jump across the River Seine.
As with most designs and concepts there are questions and concerns. The trampoline bridge is, apparently, with potential adventure pedestrians in mind. The bridge is designed to create tension that will pull sides up to deter jumpers and limit liability.
This bridge design is part of a competition and is a concept that is intended to be fun and encourage, according to Atelier Zündel Cristea “contemporary urban enjoyment.” If this bridge is built, I’m quite sure the urban population will be jumping with joy.