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Yinma River Bridge, Changchun

Yinma River Bridge on Tonggang Road in Changchun City Airport Economic Development Zone, is 3500m of straight-line distance from the existing Changchun Longjia International Airport runway. Taking the airport runway as the benchmark, the height restriction of the site is 25m. The bridge is 1220m long, crossing over a 500m wide water and wetland parks on the two sides.


The bridge is the gateway to Changchun Longjia International Airport, and serves as an important linkage between the city and the airport. Taking inspiration from the aircraft, the form of the extradosed cable-stayed bridge makes reference to the idea of flight, creating a sense of anticipation and excitement. With the road suspended from the primary structure, the bridge also emphasizes the light weight nature of flight.Being a gateway both physically and symbolically to the future, the bridge sets up a progressive rhythm, with the angle creating a subtle sense of forward motion. This is a journey at its beginning, drawing us to the future and new possibilities.

Scheme-2 highlights digging the historic and cultural elements within the area. Shitoukoumen Reservoir, located at the upper stream of Yinma River, is where the ¡®dragon tail mountain¡¯ of Qing Dynasty lies. Thus, the overall planning of the river system is targeted at reconstructing the features of ¡®dragon tail¡¯. The bridge leads to the Changchun ¡®Long Jia¡¯ International Airport, while the adjacent artificial lake is named as ¡®Long Ze¡¯. (The character for ¡®Long¡¯ means dragon in Chinese language.) Both the names of airport and lake center on the topic of ¡®dragon¡¯. As a response to this historic and cultural element, we adopt the arch cable structure. Running across water and bridge, the arches imbued with flowing sense demonstrate the images of ¡®dragon¡¯ and ¡®water¡¯ with abstract and architectural languages.

Location: Changchun, Jilin, China
Length: 1,220 m
Client: The Government of Changchun City Airport Economic Development Zone
Design Team: Yongzheng Li, Tim Mason, Qizhi Li, Falu Wang, Yanfeng Lyu, Teng Jiang
Design Date: 08/2017 ¨C 09/2017