China Plans To Build Disappearing Bridges

Posted: Dec 15 2016, 2:41pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 15 2016, 2:48pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

China Plans to Build a Series of Disappearing Bridges
Credit: Martin Duplantier Architectes

The transparent bridges seem to disappear in the midair

China’s Zhangjiajie city is already home to world’s highest and longest bridge and it will soon have yet another series of breathtaking structures in its Avatar-like mountains.

French architect Martin Duplantier's firm has recently unveiled a plan to build optical illusion footbridges between the rocks that will disappear in the midair.

The bridges will be made up of materials like reflective stainless steel and black stones to create a sort of optical illusion, making tourists feel they are walking on air.

The bridges will have two levels to be enjoyed. The upper level will physically connect the two sides. It will be made up of black stones while the lower is meant for daring visitors – the ones who want to float in the air. Sitting on the bridge, visitors could look straight down in the void below and experience something out of the world.

The black stone bridge becomes reflective when wet, transforming into a covering of still water.

“Every 7 minutes, the water disappears and reappears through spray nozzles.” the firm said in a press release.

The reflective footbridges will be constructed on a new route on the western part of Zhangjiajie. The new route is located in the area called Wulingyuan which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.

Zhangjiajie itself is a popular tourist destination that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The construction of reflective footbridges will add more value to the site.

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