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Zaha Hadid Bridge Wins in Taiwan

Monday, August 17, 2015

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Coming hot on the heels of the news that Japan plans to scrap Zaha Hadid’s Olympic stadium, a win for Zaha Hadid Architects: the firm has placed first in an international competition to design the new Danjiang Bridge in Taipei.

A Winning Design

London-based Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) announced Thursday (Aug. 13) that its design had won the Danjiang Bridge International Competition.

Working with Leonhardt, Andrä & Partner, structural consulting engineering services firm, and Sinotech Engineering Consultants, it conceived of a cable-stayed bridge that would incorporate only one concrete structural mast to support the steel road, rail, and pedestrian deck, thereby minimizing visual impact.

Danjiang Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VisualArch

Zaha Hadid Architects placed first in the Danjiang Bridge International Competition with their winning single-tower, assymetric cable-stayed bridge design.

At 920 meters (3,018 feet), the Danjiang Bridge will be the world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge. The spans run 450 meters (1,476 feet) to the west of the supporting mast and 175 meters (574 feet) to the east of the supporting mast.

The design and engineering allows the concrete supporting mast to be as slender as possible and positioned to offer the best structural performance without obstructing river navigation.

According to the competition site, designers were asked to keep in mind the need to integrate the bridge with Tamsui’s renowned sunset, as well as the preservation of cultural assets, environmental protection, and promotion of tourism and recreational activities in the region.

ZHA’s concept ensured the structural elements will not interfere with those sunset views from the popular riverside viewing points.

Likewise, the single-mast model reduces impact on the riverbed in accordance with increased protection programs for the estuary’s ecosystems. 

About the Project

The competition was born from the need to alleviate congestion from the developing tourism and leisure activities in the coastal areas of northern Taiwan, as well as to foster regional development and complete their northern seashore highway system.

Danjiang Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects, render by VisualArch

The ZHA design incorporates only one concrete structural mast to support the steel road, rail, and pedestrian deck, thereby minimizing visual impact on the landscape.

Danjiang Bridge will be located at the mouth of Tamsui River, which flows through the capital Taipei, adjacent to Taiwan Strait, and connect Provincial Highway No. 2, No. 15, No. 61 (Xibin Highway) and No. 64 (Bali-Xindian Highway).

The Danjiang Bridge will also allow for the extension of Danhai Light Rail Transportation (DHLRT) system over the Tamsui River to connect the town of Bali and the Port/Harbor with Taipei’s public rail network.

Competition Winners

In achieving the first-place design, Zaha Hadid Architects worked with Leonhardt, Andrä & Partner (Germany) as the lead structural engineering consultancy and JV partner. Sinotech Engineering Consultants (Taiwan) served as the local engineering consults and JV Partner.

CECI and Nippon Engineering Consultants placed second.

Aecom Asia and Resources Engineering Services placed third.

MAA Group and Cowi placed fourth.

Oriental Consultants with Pacific Engineers & Constructors and Pyunghwa Engineering Consultants and Pacific Consultants with Taiwan Engineering Consultants and Yuang Engineering Consultants placed ajoint fifth.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Bridges; Competitions; Design; Designers; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Industrial design; Latin America; North America; Program/Project Management; Zaha Hadid

Comment from Gary Burke, (8/17/2015, 8:21 AM)

Looks awesome!

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