A new proposal in Paris could make crossing a bridge a childlike, fun and unprecedented experience. CNet reported that French architecture firm, Atelier Zündel Cristea (AZC), has proposed a trampoline bridge to go across The Seine. Crossers would literally get to bounce from one end to the other.
CNet reported that the proposal is part of a design competition for bridges that is sponsored by ArchTriumph, in which they won the 3rd prize for their design.
"It would be constructed from giant PVC rings inflated with more than 130,000 cubic feet of air. Across those, stretching nearly 100 feet across, would be mesh trampolines," reported The Huffington Post.
AZC said on its website, "A Bridge in Paris, allows us to locate an architectural reflection within this same realm of contemporary urban enjoyment. It appears to us that Paris has the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways. Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water."
The architecture firm said on its website that the bridge would inflatable with giant trampolines, installed near the Bir-Hakeim Bridge.
A AZC team meber said to Co. Design, In Paris, you don't just cross a bridge ... you admire the city from the bridge."
Though safety is an undeniable concern, the fun factor of jumping into the air and back flipping from one end of the Siene to the other is also undeniable. The firm said to Co. Design that they kept safety in mind as they designed the bridge. "The perimeter buoys are designed to be about 5 feet high, preventing any dismounts into the river below, accidental or otherwise, and guard rails are included on the walkways between the trampolines," reported Co. Design.