Soon We Might Get to Bounce Across the Seine
Though interpretations of childhood nostalgia by cultural tastemakers are nothing new -- take, for instance, Chicago chef Grant Achatz's upscale "children's menu" at his restaurant Next or Simpsons prints popping up on Jeremy Scott's runway last season -- it's not often that we find kid-centric design in the world of cutting-edge architecture. Until now. The winning entry into the "Bridge in Paris" competition, which challenged "participants to come up with a New Contemporary Bridge over the Seine River in Paris" and "create a new Icon or landmark," came from AZC architecture studio who conceived of a massive inflatable trampoline bridge (pictured in a rendering above) in which pedestrians could bounce back-and-forth between La Rive Gauche and La Rive Droite. The structure itself will be "formed out of inflatable modules, like giant life-preservers, 30 meters in diameter. In the central part of each ring, a trampoline mesh is stretched," according to AZC. No word on when construction will commence but here's hoping Parisians can get their bounce on toute de suite.