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China reveals plans for a series of ‘disappearing’ bridges

(With Thanks To Martin Duplantier Architects)

French architect, Martin Duplantier most recent design is not for the faint of heart.

Located along a hiking trail in China ‘ s famous Wulingyuan region (south-center part of the country), the project, which cost around $5 million, consists of bridges, which will appear in the air, ranging from a few of the jagged quartzite sandstone columns. The landscape could not be more picturesque, which is why it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.


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(With thanks to Martin Duplantier Architects)

Duplantier the design, we make use of such materials as mirrored stainless steel and black stone, which is reflective when it is wet.

This will make for an optical illusion of sorts, one that reflects everything above and below the bridge, in essence, making it disappear in the air. One of the bridges has a section that is meant for only the bravest of visitors, as they will be able to lie in a strong net while they look straight down into the deep void below.

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Another part of the project will consist of a number of black stones, each seven minutes, will be covered in a thin haze by means of an artificially produced cloud (made of water nozzles placed on the bridge). As soon as the mist settles on the bridge, the wet stone will reflect all of the above.

The project comes at a time when China is building some of the bravest and most exciting architecture in the world, such as Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, which closed just 13 days after are open to the public.

There is no notice, when improvements will begin.

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