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Innovative Stuctures_Bascule Bridge,Vienna, Austria
Bascule Pedestrian Bridge, Connecting-Link, Vienna, Austria (2010), International Competition, Winner, DKFS Architects (Design Team: DKFS D Krolikowski, F Schmitt, N Torscheidt, A Zimmerman Engineer: Jane Wernick Associates, London) Prototyping: Metropolitan Workschop Questions: (1) How to use the program and site conditions to create a highly experiential and contextual open-able bridge that harmonizes with the historical sensitive context? (2) How to utilize digital modelling and manufacturing technologies within the economic constraints? (3) How to optimise the bridge geometry in conjunction with the opening mechanism / hydraulic system under the given spatial constraints. Aims/Objectives: (1) To enhance the user experience of the bridge itself, the adjacent park and stage the process of opening (2)To maximize CAD and CAD/CAM technologies during the design process(3) To conceive a bridge that harmonizes with the sensitive context like the adjacent listed Radetzky Bridge - to integrate the structure into the urban ensemble while maintaining its modern identity as a culturally ergonomic solution. Methods: The research involved the testing of various typological solutions and different structural types and site locations; extensive 3D computer modelling and visualizations for analysis and architectural validation with view to historical context, structural analysis, mechanism geometry. Various CAD/CAM prototypes to develop the opening mechanism. Intense research into hydraulic motor mechanisms precedents has been carried out. The Connecting link bridge proposal has received broad public attention including interviews in newspapers and on national TV (ORF) with DKFS. The project was exhibited in various places: Vienna Museum of Applied Art (2011), 'Young Talent' exhibition, Heerlen, Netherlands(2010), 40under40 Travel exhibition (2012), XIII Architectural Biennale, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2011)
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