Why Are we Still Waiting for This Trampoline Bridge?

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    The famous trampoline bridge in Paris that never was. The conceptual Saut de Seine across the Seine river in Paris, has erroneously made rounds on the internet as a tourist attraction that one has to encounter in France. It is attractive. Except that it does not exist.

    A trampoline bridge on which we could all just bounce away. Wouldn’t it make Parisians brim with pride and everyone else brim with either intense joy or jealousy?

    The bridge and its spectacular images was only a concept design for a contest in 2012. It was submitted by architecture firm AZC (Atelier Zündel Cristea).

    Stairs at the banks would allow people to climb up. The floating platforms, suspended by three inflatable rings, were going to allow people bounce across the river. AZC said: “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.”

    For all its beauty and splendor, the Saut de Seine concept bridge placed third in the competition. First place was taken by Water-At-traction, a wobbly bridge made of steel cables that resembles a hammock. made of steel cables. The bridge in deliberately designed to be unstable when people cross it.

    Notwithstanding its overshadowing by Water-At-traction and some safety issues that have been raised about the trampoline bridge, it is the bridge. Who wouldn’t want to feel young again with the biggest trampoline they’ll probably ever have?

    Question is why hasn’t it still been made? Why can’t it be made now? The whole world Well, maybe not the whole world. But everyone who’s seen its photo must be dying to see it built. Can’t imagine anyone feeling anything else.

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