Even though our proposal for a new pedestrian bridge for Geumgang in South Korea only came in second in the design and build competition, The Korean Society of Civil Engineers recognised our design concept, selecting the spectacular bridge as winner of the HSB Award 2017. The award acknowledges high performance steel bridge structures in South Korea.
The competition brief asked for a round bridge for pedestrians and bicyclist that would not only get people across the river, but to a higher degree act as a destination in itself with facilities for activity and leisure. The client, The City of Geumgang, also had the ambition that the bridge should act as a celebration of Korean history and culture.
For our design concept, we were highly inspired by the intricate symbolism in the South Korean flag. The round Taegeuk with the interlocking semi-circles, symbolizing balance, became a recurrent motif in our design on many different levels. The Taegeuk not only inspired the dynamic interplay between the covered and uncovered areas of the bridge, the geometric shape also inspired the way the bike path is separated from the pedestrian areas.
In technical terms, our design is a steel box girder supported by quadropod pylons. We collaborated with the South Korean steel manufacturing and construction giant POSCO for the design and build contract for the project.
The HSB Award was collected by a representative from POSCO on behalf of DISSING+WEITLING at an official ceremony earlier today.