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LOOK Architects : Trans-Urban Connector

Trans-Urban Connector is an ambitious urban and landscape project designed by the Chinese agency LOOK Architects to connect the Minjang River and Fuzhou Lake (China) through Jinniushan, a hilly and verdant mountain. integrating to its environment perfectly.

The installation consists of a set of steel footbridges arranged on 6,3 kilometers long, drawing inspiration from the sinuous topography of the site. Committed by the Chinese government, this tour aims to develop one of the greenest cities in the country, called "banyan city" because of the many trees of this species inhabiting the Jinniushan.

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The verdant and aquatic site on which the Trans-Urban Connector takes place deserves to be observed slowly, from the canopy. The components of this bridge are modular and can be moved and reinstalled without great difficulty, allowing the installation to blend into the landscape from which it follows the undulations. To minimize the visual impact of such a construction on an exceptional panorama, the posts are widely spaced. And to spoil the sight and let the vegetation thrive, aprons and railings are furthermore made of steel gratings.

The LOOK Architects project also includes amenities, observation towers and a café, offering everyone the opportunity to enjoy this ride at their own pace. In all, ten stops are integrated in the footbridge which also benefits, XXI century requires, a connection wifi.

The route allows to appreciate in a different way the various watering points of the region as well as the winding and luxuriant landscape.

To learn more, visit the LOOK Architects website

Photography: Zhou Yue Dong

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