Wuchazi Bridge 五岔子步行骑行橋

The bridge is designed to offer an attractive car-free pathway over the Fu Hé river which is meandering from north to south through Chengdu. Fed by several tributaries the river grows on a width of approx. 100m in southern Chengdu where the Wuchazi Bridge is positioned. Together with the Kehua south road which runs parallel to the river both elements appear as wide barrier between the adjacent districts.  By designing the bridge as three dimensional landscape element instead of a simple connection from A to B the bridge functions as extension of the cityscape mitigating the barrier effect. The Bridge provides a quality of stay – a recreation area for the city.

在从北向南蜿蜒穿过成都的府河上,我们设计了五岔子步行/骑行桥。府河的宽度约为100米,加上与之平行的科华南路,在相邻的区域之间形成了宽阔的屏障。 五岔子桥丰富的三维形态,不只实现了从 A 到 B 的简单连接,而且成为城市景观的延伸,为附近居民提供休闲空间的同时,减轻了城市区域之间的屏障效应。

Positioned in prominent location close to the Century City New International Conference & Exhibition Center (CCNICEC) in the district of Wuhou it connects ample residential areas with mixed use districts. By the infrastructurally important position the bridge can be seen as symbol for a turnaround in transportation. Being reserved for green means of transport like bicycles or E-bikes and for walking by foot – strong incentives for a sustainable mobility are set.

五岔子桥位于武侯区世纪城新国际会展中心 (CCNICEC) 附近,连接着附近大量的住宅区与商业区域。 在城市基础设施变得更绿色更环保的过程中,这座桥被视为一个重要的节点:作为一座步行桥,它也预留了自行车、电动自行车等绿色交通工具的通道,暗示着市政建设对可持续发展出行方式的重视。

Whereas the surrounding bridges for car traffic are cable bridges with vertical elements the Wuchazi Bridge works with a horizontal gesture creating a diverse undulating landscape with valleys and peaks. Combined by a direct route with a total length of approx. 240m two main routes for passing the bridge are provided. Together they create an eight shaped figure as symbol for infinity.

This tangible continuously changing geometry is inspired by the Möbius strip, a continuous surface with only one side and only one boundary creating an endless loop. By developing this mathematically describable structure further the main conceptual, functional and structural principals of the bridge were derived.



The upper direct route provides a fast barrier-free circulation for pedestrians and cyclists between the opposed districts of the river.  The route is zoned by a half-sided roof creating a comfortable partly enclosed area which guides views down the river and filters the downtown perception in direction north. The area below the roof is intended for slow activities with seating areas surrounded by potted plants which could be implemented and rearranged seasonally.

The second route creates a landscape which is winding around the direct route on different levels – down towards the surface of the water and up again – creating a high variety of viewpoints to witness the river as well as the surrounding city. It draws the walker’s attention to the current place and time moment – “being here, now” and refers by this gesture to the tradition of Zig Zag bridges mainly known from Asian gardens.  Main feature is the south-facing seating landscape close to water level. It offers a pleasant place to gather and relax.

Both routes are connected via shortcuts so that people have multiple options of passing the bridge with ample opportunity to rest and gaze over the city and riverscape. The high variety of routes entailing parts with inclinations make the Wuchazi Bridge also interesting as sports ground e.g. as running track with a degree of difficulty having stairs, slopes and horizontal passages for a well-balanced training.






The upper direct route is constructed as 240m long shallow arc being supported in reasonable distances to reduce span and allow for an overall slim construction. The main load-bearing structure is a v-shaped element evolving out of the arc above running into the route below. It is here, at the projected intersection of both routes where the main loads are bundled.

The undulating route is composed out of two arcs providing minimal spans and simultaneously ensuring an ideal distribution of forces. Quite naturally the seating landscape is spanned in between these arcs. Thus an overall synchronized structure is developed providing for a maximum slim and material efficient construction.




Project details

    Chengdu High-Tech Industrial Development District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • 项目地点:
    Architecture Design
  • 工作范畴:
    347 m
  • 主桥长度 (米):
    347 m
  • 项目状态:
    August 2015
  • 设计开始:
    December 2019
  • 项目落成:
    Tom Wünschmann, Achim Kaufer, Wei Cai, Philipp Buschmeyer
  • 方案设计:
    Tom Wünschmann, Achim Kaufer, 蔡为, Philipp Buschmeyer
    The Fifth Design Institute of Sichuan Architectural Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd., Sichuan Southwest Jiaoda Civil Engineering Design Co., Ltd.
  • 深化设计:
    Holi / G5 vision studio
  • 摄影师:
    河狸摄影 / G5建筑景观