by Mareike Muller in Architecture on Tuesday 23 October 2012

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.