Design inspired by national identity

The project, designed by ATRIUM and awarded first prize in the 'Unbuilt Transportation' category of the A+A Awards, rediscovers the typology of the bridge as a transitional and recreational space. Its ideology and design symbolises Almaty's development as an innovative green city while respecting its traditions and citizens. 

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The bridge becomes a link between two green areas, which are separated by a highway: the botanical garden and Sunkar Park, which features a ski jump. Along with a direct and utilitarian route, a winding path has been laid along the bridge – a variability allowing pedestrians to diversify their spatial experiences.

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The visual language is inspired by national identity. The silhouette of the bridge references Kazakh ornaments: their ornate character is embodied in the tracing of the main paths and additional ramps. The project involves minimal interference with the landscape. This principle not only allows the bridge to be delicately integrated into green areas but also makes its implementation more practical. The supports are used as a tub for plants, and together they imitate various natural zones of Kazakhstan. The depth of the soil allows for the planting of trees with extensive root systems. Due to the vegetation, in combination with the observation platforms, the bridge acquires an expressive silhouette and is transformed into a symbolic place.

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About ATRIUM

ATRIUM is a global architectural studio that believes that aesthetic merits can formulate a new quality of life. For every challenge, the firm find a perfect corresponding form and defines its meaning. ATRIUM contributes to world culture through its remarkable projects of diverse typologies. For more than 25 years, the studio has earned a reputation for solving the architectural challenges of different typologies and scales: from interiors and landscapes, to skyscrapers and large urban development projects, and even metaverse projects. Constantly experimenting with new media, materials, and technologies, the studio has developed systematic work in four areas: Architecture, Design, Education, and Digital. Architecture covers the entire spectrum of architectural services, including the development of urban planning and landscape projects, from conception to construction documentation, in its role as general designer. Design is an area at the intersection of product and interior design and modern technology, its aim being to develop unique objects and details, bringing art into living spaces. For more than twenty years, the studio has been developing projects of advanced educational spaces, improving the quality of the educational environment as its social mission. In collaboration with leading experts in the industry, the studio's focus on Education includes research, consulting and shared experiences.


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