An Inflatable Bridge For Paris

Paris-based architects of Atelier Zündel Cristea have launched an idea for an inflatable bridge in the French capital.

The inflatable bridge idea was Zündel Cristea’s contribution to the international competition of Arch Triumph, which challenges participants to design a new contemporary bridge for the Seine river in Paris. According to the designers, “the proposed design concept should be bold and elegant and differentiate itself from the existing 37 bridges in Paris”.

“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.”

This resulted in the idea of giant trampolines to jump your way over the water. The inflatable bridge is designed in the shape of three giant life-perservers, each 30 meters in diameter. With the Eiffel Tower in the background, this inflatable bridge recalls to Eiffel’s intention of his tower — it was built to be dismantled twenty years after 1889’s Paris World Expo.