New Parisian Bridge Will Have Pedestrians Flirting With a Plunge

A new pedestrian bridge planned for Paris plays with the idea of stability by inducing a "perilous flirt with the Seine," reports Mark Wilson.
November 13, 2012, 8am PST | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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The recent winner of a competition to design a new pedestrian bridge for Paris is certainly not your typical crossing for the heart of a global capital. Dubbed Water At-traction, the pedestrian bridge designed by architecture studio bureau faceB, "is constructed from steel cables, strung between banks by springs. It contains two ways to cross. One is a relatively typical bridge with a concrete mesh bottom. But by its side is a more "perilous" option, a series of extremely narrow, wobbly paths reminiscent of Himalayan footbridges," writes Wilson.

"Of course, the instability is a bit of an illusion. The bridge is stretched in three directions, meaning it's perfectly well grounded. And a series of steel balustrades should contain any mishaps from falling into the water. At the same time, the project is a fun reimagining of the infrastructure we take for granted."

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Published on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 in Fast Company Co.Design
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