Inflatable trampoline bridge in Paris

When ArchTriumph arranged the competition to design a contemporary bridge in Paris, the French Atelier Zündel Cristea decided this should be fun. So they came up with an inflatable bridge that consists of trampolines, permitting the Parisians to cross their beloved Seine in a very playful and innovative way. And this lovely idea let them achieve an excellent third place.

UPDATE: We had an exclusive interivew with Zündel Cristea, here’s an excerpt.

What was the inspiration for Saut de Seine?
The competition brief, A Bridge in Paris, allows us to locate an architectural reflection within this same realm of contemporary urban enjoyment. We note first that the notion of happiness is often linked to Nature. And we recognize that human beings remain nostalgic for and imaginative of a state of primal happiness, of ancestral times when body and spirit were essentially free. The city has grown to conform our movement to regular rituals and daily itineraries.

It appears to us that Paris has the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways. Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water. We propose a distinctive urban feature: Saut de Seine, an inflatable bridge equipped with giant trampolines, dedicated to the joyful release from gravity as one bounces above the river.

Any chance we could see this concept in real life soon?
We are in touch with different possible clients interested to this concept. Meanwhile a prototype through which the project was tested has been produced in Spain last November.

Click here for the full interview.

About the author

Born and raised in the creative mecca Berlin, Mareike Muller worked her first professional years in advertising and design before she decided to apply for the citizenship of the world, leaving Berlin for Stockholm. Spending some years in fashionable capital of Sweden she continued her voyage via Barcelona to Buenos Aires, where she was living for almost two years, working as an artist agent spreading emerging art with her own agency The Eclectic Tomorrow. But, as stakes are high the search for the perfect place to live and work went on and brought her to vibrant Mexico City, where she´s relocating now continuing to broaden her scope, establishing her vision of spreading emerging art around the globe. When she´s not working, blogging or traveling around the world you’ll probably find her vintage clothing treasure hunting or sipping an Old Fashioned fantasizing about being a Mexican luchador’s wife and having some unicorns browsing in the backyard.