MVRDV has unveiled its design for “Dawn Bridge” in Shanghai, which will come up near the historical town of Zhujiajiao. The 24-meter wide and 80-meter long dual-use crossing has been conceived as a landmark for fostering social activities at the riverfront. MVRDV takes its palette of colors and materials from the details of the surroundings — gray asphalt recalls the gray roofs, the white bridge structure recalls the white walls, the pedestrian deck and landings are inspired by the reddish wood used in the nearby houses, and the trees on top of the deck draw from the green of water and surrounding nature.
Wenchian Shi, Partner at MVRDV, says: “The vertical alignment of Dawn Bridge defines a sense of lightness and elegance, and our aim was to provide a graceful low curve above the river that also blends with the landscape. Beyond blending, we wanted to create a bridge that invites public life over and around it and that is accessible to all people whether on foot or on wheels,” as noted by ArchDaily.