Bouncing Bridge

  • LOCATION

    Paris, France 

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  • CLIENTS

    ArchTriumph

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  • YEAR

    2012

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  • STATUS

    International Competition

    3rd prize

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  • PROGRAM

    Temporary Installation

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  • ARCHITECTS

    AZC

    Grégoire Zündel, Irina Cristea 

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  • CONSULTANTS

    TP ARQUITECTURA I CONSTRUCCIO TEXTIL

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AZC Atelier Zündel Cristea design projet project Bouncing Bridge Paris gonflable inflatable

Saut de Seine is an inflatable bridge equipped with giant trampolines, dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river. Installed near the Bir-Hakeim Bridge, the Saut de Seine Bridge is formed of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter. In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched. The floating buoys, fabricated in PVC membrane, are attached together by cord to form a stable and self-supporting ensemble. Each module under tension, about 30m diameter - filled with 3700 cubic meters of air - develops in space with an arch-like form. Le total length of the bridge is about 94m. The Saut de Seine allows every visitor a novel view of Paris from his or her own unique spatial position: upright and leaping, upside down and tumbling, gliding above like a circus performer… The installation is located in direct relationship to Eiffel’s tower, itself a symbol of ephemeral architecture designed to provide a unique experience: a view of all of Paris. We think the superposition of these two works reveals a specific kind of architecture: one designed to install an experience of happiness in the city.