WSP and PES-Architects design Dancing Bridge in Wuxi

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WSP and PES-Architects have won a competition to design a ‘Dancing Bridge’ for the central park of Huishan New City in Wuxi, China. The cable-stayed bridge will be suspended from two inclined pylons resembling a pair of dancers.

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Our design proposal merges minimalistic Finnish design with a traditional Chinese story. We called our design ‘the Dancing Bridge’ because the inclined pylons resemble a pair of dancers.

Following success in a design competition, WSP and PES-Architects have been selected to design a new pedestrian bridge in Wuxi, China. Entitled ‘The Dancing Bridge’, the cable-stayed bridge will span a small lake close to the new bullet train station in the central park of the Huishan New City area.

Professor Pekka Salminen of PES-Architects invited WSP Finland’s bridge designers to join the design team for the competition, based on WSP’s reputation for its design of iconic bridges.

The bridge is suspended by two independent and inclined pylons located on a man-made island in the centre of the lake. “Our design proposal merges minimalistic Finnish design with a traditional Chinese story,” says Pekka Salminen. “We called our design ‘the Dancing Bridge’ because the inclined pylons resemble a pair of dancers.”

“The bridge design features a gentle S-bend which, according to Chinese tradition, ensures that the traveler will face no danger, as evil spirits will eventually lose their way in the curved shape,” adds WSP’s Sami Niemelä. “The bridge deck is a steel-concrete composite structure and the girder is covered with stainless steel cladding.”

Construction of the bridge will begin at once and is expected to open later this year.

In recent years, WSP Finland has won numerous design competitions for bridges and urban planning projects in Finland and Asia. Bridge sites in Finland include Turku, Helsinki, Tampere, Pori, Joensuu and Kajaani. In Asia, WSP has designed bridges in Vietnam and India.

”Winning this competition is an important milestone for us in China. The collaboration between PES-Architects and WSP Finland is proof that top Finnish design firms can also succeed in the world’s most important growth areas,” says Kirsi Hautala, Managing Director of WSP Finland.

For more information:
Bridget Kennerley, Group PR Manager, WSP Group, tel. +44 207 314 4631
bridget.kennerley(at)wspgroup(dot)com

Sami Niemelä, Head of Unit, Bridges, WSP Finland, tel. +358 400 157 998, sami.niemela(at)wspgroup(dot)fi

Professor, Chairman of the Board Pekka Salminen, PES-Architects Limited, tel. +358 40 545 6845

Notes to Editors:

WSP Finland is a multi-disciplinary consultancy company that provides research, planning, consulting and design services to Finnish and international companies operating in the construction, urban development, transport, environment, energy and industry sectors. The company employs 350 experts in Helsinki, Oulu, Järvenpää, Tampere, Jyväskylä and Rovaniemi.
http://www.wspgroup.fi

WSP Finland belongs to the international WSP Group, with 9,000 experts working in 200 permanent offices in 35 countries. Established in the 1970s, WSP Group is listed on London Stock Exchange.
http://www.wspgroup.com

PES-Architects Limited is one of the leading and most international architectural design firms in Finland. The firm’s most recent projects include the design of underground railway stations for the new Kehärata (Ring Rail Line) railway in Finland, the enlargement of the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, and the design of the Wuxi Grand Theatre and a 192m high skyscraper in the Chengdu High-tech Zone. Professor and architect Pekka Salminen founded the firm in 1968, and is currently the chairman of the board of PES-Architects. The other partners in the firm are architect Tuomas Silvennoinen and CEO Jarkko Salminen (M.Sc.).
http://www.pesark.com

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