Location : San Donà di Piave,Venice, Italy
Type: Landscape Architecture Design
Design Team: Ruggero Baldasso with
Andrea Battistin / Elisabetta Marchese /
Manuel Marchesin / Alessia Martina
Design Time: JAN, 2016
Project for a urban park located in an area surrounded by dense and irregular buildings. This new element will act as a linking space between the various bordering urban functions and gives place to a leisure and reading area next to the central library.
The morphological nature of the project is characterized by primary geometrical shapes marked with a texture of stone elements having variable densities. The pathways concentrate the stone slabs and a progressive increase of porosity shades them into the grass background of the park.
The pathways also intersect ample ‘green rooms’ distinguished by the presence of single botanical species which will allow the clear perception of the various colours and smells
DOUBLE-HEAD DRAGON WITH METAL SKIN CONNECTS OLD AND NEW BEIJIAO’S URBAN CENTERS
//设计团队/Ruggero Baldasso/Tim Weng/Tong Zhang/Wang Qaing
// location / Beijiao / Guangdong / China
// client / Municipality of Beijiao
// project / RBA and Citynet
// design team / Ruggero Baldasso con
Tim Weng / Tony Zhang / Wang Qaing
// length / 480 m
// costs / 20.000.000 RMB
// Schedule /
design phase / 2007
The skin becomes the structure of the bridge and substitutes what ordinarily pillars or metal wire would do, the intertwining double reverse spirals are its DNA-like geometrical framework, the sequence of squares unwrap it into the various settings its crossing and connecting, the shadow of the ventilated roofs lower the temperature at daytime along the suspended pathway.
The structural metal skin is designed both to shed people from direct sub-tropical sun and to provide the bridge an iconic value for Beijiao.
This skinned bridge has a tri-dimensional body and not just a flat walkway. Pedestrians enter it through its belly and both ends are viewpoint heads gazing at the urban environments. Its structural sun-shades look like snake skin, its wavy shape and its size make it look like a double-headed dragon!
The bridge becomes a gate to modern Beijiao. Cars get across it and a pedestrians use it as a link between the old and the new urban centers.
The shape of the bridge develops from the need for a sheltered walkway hovering above the ground level. The original round section of an armored hosepipe crossed inside by the walkway folds at first into a square touching the ground with one of its corners, and then the opposite corner is pulled upwards to make the section become a diamond with its shortest diagonal parallel to the ground. The light wooden floor provides the structure the needed rigidity.
The scale of the site and the length of the bridge are making it a project about a line suspended above the horizon. The thickness of the bridge becomes geometrically almost irrelevant when compared to its length. On a large scale the line has no thickness, therefore the project will be about its folding; on a small scale the initial line turns into several ones and their folding become the structure-facade.