The “Infinite Bridge” is located in Denmark’s second-largest city Aarhus. Designed by Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter for the 2015 “Sculpture by the Sea” festival, the bridge is circular measuring 200 feet in diameter and is positioned at the beach with most of the span standing above the waters of the bay. The span of the bridge is made of wood but the supporting pillars are made of steel.
The bridge takes people nowhere, instead it was designed to help people experience the surrounding and become aware of the relation between the city and the magnificent landscape of the bay, according to the architects.
“Walking on the bridge you experience the changing landscape as an endless panoramic composition and at the same time you enter a space of social interaction with other people experiencing the same panorama,” says Johan Gjøde, partner and co-founder of Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter.
“The bridge touches the landing dock of a previous pier located at the site where people used to arrive in steamboats from the city to relax and enjoy themselves. The historic Varna Pavilion that sits on the hillside above the beach was a popular destination in the scenic landscape with its terraces, restaurant and dancehall. Situated on the edge of the forest facing the sea the pavilion was meant to be experienced from the landing dock of the pier that no longer exists. The Infinite Bridge reestablishes this historic connection and offers a new perspective on the relation between the city and the surrounding landscape,” says Niels Povlsgaard, partner and co-founder of Gjøde & Povlsgaard Arkitekter.
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