Changing its appearance depending on the angle of approach, this proposal for the meadows salford bridge competition by designers Alexander Daxböck and Chris Precht of penda features a strong elliptical shape. the project offers a dominant visual landmark that when viewed from its side looks like a regular suspended bridge, but as one gets closer the structure opens up to a rounded volume, engulfing pedestrians as they cross over to the meadows. the multifaceted object is in contrast to its surrounding harmonious green spaces.
the crossing is presented as a disco-like object when viewed from the south and north, whereas from the western and eastern sides it looks slim and elegant, almost two-dimensional. constructed using a truss system that supports a wooden pathway with glazed semi-transparent handrails with both of its endings generously widened, inviting pedestrians on its platform. the walkway merges onto a terraced landscape, which can be used for lounging and as an open air theater. the main structural element is made using a welded steel tube that rests on two concrete bearings, supporting and carrying the weight at the same time.