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L&A：The bridge of future city Vanke is located in the future park in the northern district of Qingdao city. It was once an old industrial land. The factory area has a long history. with the relocation of most textile production areas, the remaining national cotton factory 5 has become the center of Qingdao’s textile industry. In 2017, the designers of L&A Qingdao renovated the old bridge. The old railway bridge gave new vitality after unloading the freight transport function, and also completed the mission transformation from freight transport to pedestrian transport. The footbridge is located above the spillway and connects the municipal parks on both sides of the ashore.
The old factory area that witnessed Qingdao’s brilliant industry experienced the precipitation of time and became a memorial and nostalgic site. The “future city” as the new vitality of the old city, is both forward-looking and leading.
The designers of L&A Qingdao think that the new students of the old bridge represent respect for the past years and a vision for a better life in the future. the transformation is not to forget the history, but to talk with the old. Preserving the industrial traces of the old bridge is the foundation of the renovation.
The original bridge deck was relatively wide. In order to increase functionality and interest, the bridge deck was divided into three parts: bicycle lanes, sitting stool leisure areas, and sidewalks. As a result, the bridge not only has the function of communicating both ends, but also becomes a rest space for staying and watching.
Designers have designed ecological grass planting lattice on the sidewalk side of the bridge. New life grows from the bridge, which also indicates that the railway bridge, which has undergone vicissitudes of life will coruscate with new life after renovation.
In order to continue the industrial stamp of railway bridge, the railway track design is embedded on the bridge deck in advance.
Motor vehicle lanes are designed on both sides of the bridge to create a safe space for people who run and relax.
Designers have retained the original bridge piers, adding reinforced concrete bridge slabs to the original bridge slabs for use safety, and strengthening them with the original bridge body. Guardrails are added on both sides of the bridge body, and the guardrails are made of weather-resistant steel plates with industrial sense.
The logo design of the bridge makes the bridge more artistic and sense of quality.
Through the renovation of railway bridges, the historical memory is organically linked with the urban open space to form a public space full of vitality and artistry.
It is not only a new student of the bridge, but also reflects our pursuit of a better life style.
Project name: A Bridge Of Future City Vanke
Location: Shibei district, Qingdao，Shandong，China
Project type: Municipal public buildings
Design time: 2016 – 2017
Completion date: September 2017
Client: Qingdao Vanke
Landscape design: L&A Qingdao company