The 2018 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a couple of weeks away, but the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China is already making waves and serious one at that. Reason? The pre-stressed double-helix bridge that connects central Beijing and Olympics village Zhangjiakou is absolutely awesome.
Built over the Gui River, the San Shan Bridge is designed by architecture studio Penda in collaboration with engineering firm Arup. The bridge has six overlapping rings that are intended to depict the five iconic Olympic logo rings, thereby giving it an unusual, but marvelous shape.
The 452-meter-long bridge indeed looks like three mountains of tabular stainless steel struts.
“The San Shan Bridge is based on a formal inspiration of the Olympics symbol,” that’s according to Penda.
“It’s an inviting sculpture that perfectly adds the Olympics atmosphere to the mountainous scenery on your way to Zhangjiakou,” added the studio.
If approved, the bridge will become a part of the general infrastructure upgrade ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. It’s anticipated that the bridge will be completed in time for the 2019 Beijing Horticultural Expo that will be held near the bridge site. Even in its current state, the bridge is undeniably cool.