The connectivity of the waterfront spaces along Shanghai Huangpu River has been launched since 2016. To link the waterfront spaces along the East Bund, Pudong New District planned to build twelve bridges that serve the public not only as low-speed pathways, but also as landmarks in the East Bund landscape.
▼北侧鸟瞰图，aerial view of the bridge from the north ©梁山
▼鸟瞰图，aerial view of the bridge ©梁山
As one of the twelve bridges, the Pedestrian Bridge over Shanghai Taitong Ferry Station – which is near the city’s landmark of Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower – connects the Metropolis Plaza at the eastern side and the Lujiazui CBD Greenland at the western side. The bridge itself is 180-meter long, and is connected to landscape pathways with a total length of 389 meters. According to different heights in the site, the bridge wind around surrounding buildings with two lanes for cycling and jogging/walking. The winding bridge passes through the lush vegetation in the riverside landscape belt, and leads those who are sightseeing or sporting on the bridge to move up and down. Peaking at the platform of the Taitong Ferry Station, or gathering at the courtyard under the bridge, different flows separate and mingle with each other at different points, which makes the bridge a medium for “interweaving flows”.
▼俯视图，项目贯通陆家嘴CBD绿地，top view, the bridge connects the Metropolis Plaza and the Lujiazui CBD ©梁山
Before the bridge was built, the Taitong Ferry Station separated the waterfront spaces and disabled the circulations of jogging, walking and cycling. The pedestrian bridge crosses over the station to realize the connectivity of circulations along the bund. The design also takes into consideration the circulation of people going across the bridge and the landscape belt to the riverside: at the eastern segment, an under-bridge plaza is created to guide people to the bund; at the western segment, a courtyard and trails is designed near the T-junction of main roads, offering accesses to the waterfront and places to take a rest.
▼流线分析图，跑步、慢行和骑行三线贯通，circulation analysis, connection between jogging, walking and cycling ©梁山
In the dense grove of the landscape belt, different circulations of jogging, walking and cycling is gathered by two winding lanes. The lanes are 4-meter wide when separated, and 6-meter wide when jointed.
▼鸟瞰图，不同人流汇聚在一起，aerial view, different circulations jointed ©梁山
Introducing different circulations from different landscape paths, the bridge crosses through the grove freely in streamlined form, which corresponds to the water splash left by boats in Huangpu River. According to different requirements for slopes of cycling and jogging, the two lanes separate and mingle at different points, providing people with dynamic experience of interaction in the changing scenery of riverside. With the separation and the reunion of the lanes, a courtyard is naturally created for people to stay and rest.
▼鸟瞰图，双桥围合出供人休憩的庭院，aerial view, the two lanes create a courtyard for people to rest ©梁山
▼起坡点，位于茂密树林中的跑步道和骑行道，ends of the bridge, running and cycling in the grove ©梁山
▼跑步道与骑行道的分合，separation and reunion of the bridge ©梁山
Multiple scenes and atmospheres are interwoven together in the design. Along the bridge, there is the separation and reunion of walkers, joggers and riders, while above and below the bridge, there are dynamic and serene spaces with the upper part being the active flowing space and the courtyard below being the quite staying space. In the courtyard, the bridge itself becomes the roof of the corridor, and the columns’ foundations become the seats. The trees planted in the center emphasize the idea of traditional courtyard, and offer comfortable shadow to the citizens.
▼道路围合的桥院，courtyard created by the paths ©梁山
▼桥下的休憩空间，rest space under the bridge ©梁山
▼弯道处的桥院，courtyard at the bend ©梁山
To ensure the 6-meter setback from the flood control wall, one-side cantilever steel structure is used. Two types of columns are utilized at two sides of the Ferry Station. At the eastern side of the station, tapered straight columns are used to offer visual corridor to the bund, whereas at the western side, inclined columns are used to emphasize enclosure of the courtyard.
▼弯道，桥体采用单侧悬挑结构，the bend, one-side cantilever steel structure is used to support the bridge ©梁山
▼斜柱与挑梁，inclined columns and cantilever beam ©梁山
Aluminum panels are the main material to cover the bridge. Bended and perforated aluminum panels are used to ensure the integrity of the form. The holes on the perforated panels are designed with gradually changing diameters, which strengthens the streamlined form in a subtle way and filters the LED belt inside with a unique pattern.
▼穿孔铝板栏板，perforated aluminum panel ©梁山
As night falls, soft light penetrates through the perforated aluminum boards, and the bridge is reflected on the river like two shimmering belts across the grove. The lighting design provides illumination for citizens’ night activities, and helps to promote the all-time dynamism of the larger area.
▼夜景，night view ©梁山
设计/建成：2016 / 2017
Location: Taitong Ferry Station, Pudong New District, Shanghai
Program: Low-speed bridge
Scale: 180 m in length
Design Team: Zhu Xiaofeng(design principal), Li Qitong (project manager), Jiang Meng (project architect，on-site architect), Liang Shan, Du Jie, Zhou Yan, Liu Peibin
Client: Shanghai East-Bund Investment (Group) Ltd.
Structural Consultant: Zhang Zhun/AND Office
LDI: Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (Group) Co., Ltd
Contractor: China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Corp., Ltd
Structural System: one-side cantilever steel structure
Main Materials: perforated aluminum panel, white aluminum panel, white fluorocarbon coating, two
component polyurethane modified epoxy resin system
Photographer: Liang Shan