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World's First Double Helix Pedestrian Bridge Opens in Singapore

by , 04/23/10
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This weekend the world’s first double helix bridge will open, closing the loop on a 3.5 kilometer pedestrian path around the Marina Bay development in Singapore. Inspired by the helicoidal structure of DNA, the pedestrian bridge stretches 280 meters over the bay and includes a computer-controlled lighting system to set the mood. The bridge’s grand opening will coincide with the unveiling of Singapore’s first art park, the nearby Youth Olympic Park.

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Designed by Australian firm Cox Group, engineering firm Arup and Singapore-based Architects 61, the bridge is made up of a major and minor steel helix that wind around each other. If the steel was stretched out straight end to end, it would “measure 2,250 meters long, and the entire structure weighs about 1,700 tons, which is equivalent to about 1,130 saloon cars.” Special lighting (hopefully LED!) built into the bridge can be programmed to create special moods.

The bridge, which is yet to be officially named, will open this Saturday, April 24th, with a big celebration including fireworks and special performances from artists, music groups and even a cheerleading squad. The new pedestrian bridge links Marina Centre and Marina South, which are both areas of the Marina Bay project, a large development including high end resorts and a business and financial center.

+ Marina Bay Singapore

+ Architects 61

+ Cox Group

+ Arup

Photo credits in order: URA, Amorphity, renderings from Cox Group

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5 Comments

  1. assymptote July 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Not the first, not the most beautiful.
    http://www.seattlepi.com/visualart/159686_architecture09.html

  2. suzie April 26, 2010 at 12:54 am

    boring design. hence the need to hype it up with “the first”. it’s like putting lipstick on a corpse.

  3. skysg April 24, 2010 at 7:22 am

    @ koke
    It is the World\’s first DOUBLE Helix Bridge.

  4. iy April 24, 2010 at 5:15 am

    not the first helix bridge maybe, but the First DOUBLE HELIX Bridge, that is what the title been written.

  5. koke April 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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