Tuesday, April 2, 2013

ECOntainer Bridge wins Ariel Sharon Park competition

Yoav Messer Architects proposal won the Ariel Sharon Metropolitan Park design competition for a pedestrian & cycling entrance bridge connecting the mountain above the Ayalon river. The design features recycling of containers for an ECOntainer bridge, which fits in with the recycling stations and recycling plants already present as part of recycling the waste mountain into the park and its main theme. Far from being simply a conveyance over a body of water, the ECOntainer Bridge is an attraction unto itself. It features numerous observation points and exhibition spaces, making it into a fascinating space rather than just a way to get from one side of the park to the other. Available only to pedestrians and light vehicles, the bridge will be a tranquil structure free of cars.

Ariel Sharon Park in Israel is planned to be a stunning ecological retreat in the middle of a densely populated urban area. The site was once an enormous landfill, but today it is being turned into the largest urban park to be built anywhere in the world in the last century. One of the centerpieces of this oasis will be the ECOntainer Bridge.

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