Jishou Art Museum Bridge, Asia's first double-layer composite beam bridge, was recently completed and is ready to open.
The bridge was built by China Railway 25th Bureau Group Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of China Railway Construction Corporation Limited.
Located in the ancient town of Qianzhou, a national 4A scenic spot, the structure is both a bridge and a museum.
While the gross building area of the bridge is about 3,500 sq m, the bridge consists of two parts - a concrete tied-arch bridge and a double-layer steel truss structural and simple supported beam bridge.
The upper layer of the concrete bridge is a small exhibition gallery and the steel truss structural part is a large-scale show hall. The bottom layer of the bridge is paved for pedestrians.
The bridge is the first in Asia to adopt this kind of structure and the engineering skills gained during its construction will support similar projects in China.
To date, the project has won three awards – a gold medal at the Singapore Interior Design Awards, a silver award at the 12th China International Interior Design Biennale Exhibition and a Taiwan Good Design Award.
Many well-known artists' works will be on display when the museum bridge opens, which will improve cultural quality in the ancient town.
An overview of Jishou Art Museum Bridge [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
A night view of Jishou Art Museum Bridge [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
(Executive editor: Li Shuling)