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Float in Mid-Air on Unbelievable Chasm-Spanning Bridge in Zhangjiajie, China

Do you notice that the bridge in the topmost picture (the Featured image) has two levels? The lower one is built to offer the experience of floating in the air. In the picture directly above, you will see that bridge takes the form of an elliptical disk, with an off-centered hole covered by a net that allows fearless types to lay down in the void and literally float in the air (Photo Credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).
Do you notice that the bridge in the topmost picture (the Featured image) has two levels? The lower one is built to offer the experience of floating in the air. In the picture directly above, you will see that bridge takes the form of an elliptical disk, with an off-centered hole covered by a net that allows fearless types to lay down in the void and literally float in the air (Photo Credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).

 

ALREADY HOME TO THE LONGEST, HIGHEST and possibly most terrifying glass bridge in the world ─ the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge which opened on August 20, 2016 built by Tel Aviv architect Haim Dotan ─ France’s Martin Duplantier Architectes will be building three chasm-spanning reflective bridges (one with water on black stone and artificial cloud-making machine) and three pavilions that will offer visitors out-of-this-world views and the experience of floating in mid-air.  You can even lie down in the void to maximise the experience (Don’t worry, there’ll be strong nets).

 

The "water mirror" is made of 2cm of water on black stone. The irregular set of stones gives a feeling of winding path in the mountains, when one is attracted by the great panorama. Every 7 minutes, the water disappears and reappears through spray nozzles, creating a cloud in the middle of the mountains. This cloud progressively lands on the stones, transformed into a veneer of still water. (Photo Credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).
The “water mirror” is made of 2cm of water on black stone. The irregular set of stones gives a feeling of winding path in the mountains, when one is attracted by the great panorama. Every 7 minutes, the water disappears and reappears through spray nozzles, creating a cloud in the middle of the mountains. This cloud progressively lands on the stones, transformed into a veneer of still water. (Photo Credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).

 

Zhangjiajie will soon be known as quite a cliff-hanger of a place because of the opportunities to traverse across gorges and ravines over petrifying heights and (quite literally) walk among the clouds.

But let’s begin at the beginning. Zhangjiajie is a city in the northwest of China’s Hunan province. It is home to the famed Wulingyuan Scenic Area. This protected zone encompasses thousands of jagged quartzite sandstone columns, many of which rise over 200m, as well as caves filled with stalactites and stalagmites. Wulingyuan also encompasses forests, rivers, waterfalls and two large natural land bridges, as well as endangered plant and animal species.

 

The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. In 1982, it was recognized as China's first national forest park with an area of 11,900 acres. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of a much larger 397.5sq km. Wulingyuan Scenic Area which was officially recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. (Info and pic from Wikiwand)
The Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. In 1982, it was recognized as China’s first national forest park with an area of 11,900 acres. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is part of a much larger 397.5sq km. Wulingyuan Scenic Area which was officially recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. (Info and pic from Wikiwand)

 

The chasm-spanning reflective bridge project will be located in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, one of several national parks within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area and a UNESCO World Heritage site with remarkable pillar-like rock formations that was filmed as the Hallelujah Mountains in the 2009 movie Avatar. Remember that one? Zhangjiajie is the real Pandora. See video of scene below:

Avatar Flight with the Mountain Banshees

 

Martin Duplantier Architectes got the go-ahead with the project last year after a competition seeking ideas for a new visitor route on the western part of Zhiangjiajie. The competition called for bridges and pavilions. Here are the architects’ observation of the place and the design concept.

Design Concept

“The landscape is baroque. Unique. Breathtaking. It is world heritage site. The mountains rise like nimble fingers towards the sky. The vegetation, against all odds, has managed to grow on this invincible rock. Faced with this topographical spectacle, all are left astounded.

“The concept developed is that of illusionist development. Stealthy. Geometric. Contrasting with a complex landscape, the footbridges are of pure geometric shapes, which seem to have been placed delicately on the carved relief of the site.”

The concept is to create an illusion. Stealthy. Geometric. Contrasting with a complex landscape placed delicately on the carved relief of the site. (Photo credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).
The concept is to create an illusion. Stealthy. Geometric. Contrasting with a complex landscape placed delicately on the carved relief of the site. (Photo credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).

 

The Three Bridges and Pavilions

One bridge takes the form of an elliptical disk, with an off-centered hole covered by a net that allows fearless types to lay down in the void. Another has two levels, with the lower one promising visitors the opportunity to sit or lie down and feel like they’re floating in mid air.

The third bridge will include 2cm of water on black stone to create a reflective effect. Spray nozzles will also create artificial clouds.

 “They are the opportunity, each in its own respect, to create a physical relationship with this rock face. The illusion of a mirror for the one, the fear of the void for the next, and lastly the setting in abyss for the final. The common material is reflective stainless steel for structure and black stone for flooring. The latter reflects the landscape when covered with water.”

 

Three pavilions will be set in the park, offering incredible views to the visitors. These pavilions will be installed in three levels: from the 360° panorama at the highest point, to the café in the middle, down to the exclusive VIP suite below which will allow visitors to spend a unique night suspended in the middle of this magical landscape. (Photo Credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).
Look on the right. Three pavilions will be set in the park, offering incredible views to the visitors. These pavilions will be installed in three levels: from the 360° panorama at the highest point, to the café in the middle, down to the exclusive VIP suite below which will allow visitors to spend a unique night suspended in the middle of this magical landscape. (Photo Credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).

 

The pavilions will be installed in three levels: a 360 panorama at the highest point, a cafe below, and a VIP suite below both which will allow visitors to spend a night in the park.

 “Consisting of the same materials, the pavilions develop on three separate levels. Upstairs, a terrace-panorama is directly accessible from the path. Underneath, a café and its dedicated spaces. And further below, a royal guesthouse to offer a unique space of contemplation in the heart of the national park. The crowds of the day having disappeared, the lucky tenants will be able to enjoy the spectacle in perfect solitude.”

(information and picture source from V2Com and NewAtlas)
This project on Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, will be materialisig soon. (Photo Credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).
This project on Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, will be materialisig soon. (Photo Credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes).

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