We're currently seeing a surge in landscaped pedestrian bridges, many of them designed as such from the beginning. Not only does starting from scratch free architects from the rigid linearity of tracks, yet has it additionally permitted them to present new social links, breathing room, and magnificence into generally congested groups.
Maybe the earliest bridge conversion in the U.S. was the 1928 Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. At the point when a solid trolley bridge over the Deerfield River dropped out of use after its owners went bankrupt, a local occupant recommended to the town that the weedy relic be replanted. The bridge has stayed open continuously since, aside from restoration work in the mid-1980s, during which each plant, tree, and bush was uprooted and looked after in private gardens nearby.
Anacostia and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
In Washington, D.C., the Anacostia and Capitol Hill neighborhoods will be joined by a bridge park set to open in 2018. In a community oriented design from OMA, Rem Koolhaas' architectural firm, and the Olin landscape design studio, the city's first elevated park will re-deck and develop the current Eleventh Street Bridge. Plans incorporate performance spaces, waterfalls, hammocks, gardens, and a bistro.
The Hofbogen venture in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will include business space and an elevated park, utilising an old rail line as its base. Brought about by Doepel Strijkers, a firm that has some expertise in practical design and atmosphere issues, the recreation centre will unite Rotterdam Airport and advancements around it to the city area heating network. The industrial waste heat being directed will warm the prewar structures along the park's trajectory, radically diminishing their CO2 footprints.
Meguro Sky Garden, Tokyo, Japan
In Tokyo, the Meguro Sky Garden that opened in 2013 is not a bridge in the customary sense, despite the fact that it covers the intersection of two major expressways. The roof garden park measures 75,000 square feet and it has a genuinely steep slope. At its highest elevation, the recreation centre offers a clear perspective of Mt. Fuji.
Garden Bridge, London, England
London's Garden Bridge, a completely new construction, is set to open in 2018. The intensely landscaped promenade and pedestrian intersection will span the River Thames, connecting the South Bank to the Temple station range. The bridge's fluid, organic profile is the work of Heatherwick Studio, to be acknowledged by Arup designing. Its landscape plan is from the award winning Dan Pearson: His planting plan intends to give year-round color and interest, and his trees and bushes will be multistemmed varieties, whose lower centres of gravity are more suited to the breezy conditions of the bridge environment.
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