On the 21st of August, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan inaugurated near Zhangjiajie City in Hunan Province. The 380 meters long and 6 meters wide glass-bottomed bridge stretches above a 300 meters deep canyon. The daring project is the tallest and longest glass pedestrian bridge in China and worldwide.
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The suspended bridge is constructed of two side steel beams, a structural glass deck and banisters with side hanging stay cables. The project holds up to 8.000 people per day and features the world’s highest bungee jump.
Overwhelmed by the interest, the attraction was forced to close just 13 days later, leaving many to question the safety of the bridge despite no incidents being reported. But now, officials have said the bridge was ready to reopen and there was “no problem” with it, China’s ThePeople’s Daily reported.
“The closure of the bridge was due to the upgrading of facilities to welcome visitors attending an international sales conference, and also an upcoming international tourism festival” says Luo Kewen, spokesman for the bridge’s management committee.
“I believe in nature, harmony, balance and beauty” says Haim Dotan to ArchiPanic. “Nature is beautiful as it is. One wants to make the least impact upon it. That’s why the bridge was designed to be as invisible as possible. A white structure disappearing into the clouds”. Watch the construction site of the glass bridge.
Chinese Dao Master, Lao Tzu once said ‘Great sound is unheard; Great form is invisible’. “Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge will create an experience of being in pure nature while suspended in mid-air, between heaven and earth, like a bird with its wings open wide” says Haim Dotan.
Prof. Haim Dotan is an international architect, urban designer, poet, philosopher and artist. His Tel Aviv based studio Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects is pioneer in developing construction techniques for residential, commercial, industrial, educational and public institutions. The office focuses on innovative cutting-edge ecological architecture and designs projects around the planet.
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All photos: courtesy of Haim Dotan.