NEXT architects’ extraordinary Lucky Knot bridge inspired by the Möbius Strip has finally become a reality as the local bridge project was opened for public this week in Changsha, China. The Lucky Knot bridge is a spectacular example of Chinese heritage mixing with modern day technology and a true architectural masterclass.
This bridge is now becoming a source of pride and heritage for the megacity Changsha’s New Lake District. Lucky Knot is built on the Dragon King Harbor River, and its red steel-frame stretches 185 meters in length and 24 meters in height. The bridge’s colour is a symbol of hope, good luck and happiness in Chinese culture and its unique twisting and twirling signifies the principles behind the Möbius Strip and Chinese knotting where decorative handicrafts are made using red ropes.
The wave-like bridge gives stunning views of the river, Meixi Lake, the city of Changsha in the backdrop of the surrounding mountains. People are given a sense of creativity and play with many recreational, ecological, and tourist activities combined into the structure.
The bridge entails multiple landing platforms and cutouts fused with the bridge’s interplay of multiple levels connecting different heights like the riverbank and the elevated park with each other. The bridge is also laden with LED light show that helps in bringing the bridge to life at night.
NEXT architects Beijing partner Jiang Xiaofei said on the opening ceremony, “The Lucky Knot is more than a bridge and a connection between two river banks. Its success lays in bringing cultures together, and in the fusion of history, technology, art, innovation, architecture and spectacle.”
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