A marvel of civil engineering, Cau Vang is a new pedestrian bridge that has opened to visitors in Vietnam. Doesn’t it look like it’s straight out of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books and movies?
Cau Vang, which translates to Golden Bridge, is attracting tourists from all over the world for it’s uniqueness and picturesque beauty.
Although it is a gold bridge, the main attraction isn’t the color. It’s the GIANT STONE HANDS that appear to support the bridge.
The bridge is 150 meters across and overlooks the Ba Na hills. It sits approximately 1,400 meters above sea level which offers an incredible view to those on the bridge.
The designers, TA Corporation, provide the following details about the bridge’s concept, shape, and material.
Ba Na Hills Resort Da Nang has long been known as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Vietnam as the stunning property is set among some of the most charming scenery of nature. The Golden Bridge is located on an impressive cliff in the resort. Its construction is as part of the continuing expansion project of the Avatar Garden.
The Golden Bridge is an important part of the newly upgraded route from the cable car station to the gardens. Before the construction, moving between the two destinations demanded shifting due to considerable height difference between two spots. Accordingly, a demand for a connector for better circulation is essential.
The concept of the bridge was not only arising from its shape but from its story as well. As an expanded part of the Avatar Garden, the bridge continues to exhibit its existing theme that focuses on the myth of Gods, human and nature. For the general concept of a being superior to humans, “gods” are usually illustrated as supernatural large-scale human-like beings. For that reason, extensive body parts, a huge pair of hands in this case, were handled in such design since unusual elements commonly spark attention and curiosity from visitors as well as astonishing them. The remarkable appearance of two huge grips looks like they drew the bridge out from the ground and adore it as it were a gift from nature. In addition, local mountainous foggy and hazy weather helps promote the design aesthetics as well.
The Golden Bridge is patterned as a precious gold bullion which is dragged out and treasured by a giant pair of hands between heaven and earth.
The initial solution proposed by TALA was to build an elevated walkway between the two destinations; however, following a great issue of land slope, TALA chose to pursue a distinctive track. Subsequently, the new design of the arched bridge is in harmony with its surroundings so that both artificial and natural elements could be integrated into the planning. The outcome is a spectacular 150-metre-long pedestrian bridge that looks like it is stretched out mid-air under the strain of colossal hands.
The key to the design development was how the structure was to be inserted into a sensitive site, without major damage and disruption to the cliff below. Despite the structural complexity, extensive use of parametric software and the team’s understanding of fabrication techniques enabled the application of branching columns that helps reduce the quantity of columns and enhance the project outlook. Columns used for the Golden Bridge had theirs frame painted in appropriate shades to blend in with the forest and give off the impression of a hovering structure. The two hands are supported by skeleton frames following anatomical structure, swathed in wire and fiberglass mesh, then covered and decorated with theming techniques. Additionally, the position of each finger has been reconsidered and remodelled for several times in order to attain the best shape.
The 5-metre-wide bridge signals to the future of the area, with a design that adds value to its surrounding, fostering the existing scenery on the mountainside. The bridge generates a destination for walkers and an exceptional observation deck where visitors can feast their eyes on Da Nang city and Truong Son Mountains on sunny days.
Over and above its function as a crossing, the overpass serves as a visual landmark and a place to contemplate the landscape since pedestrians make their way through a mountainside. The path is lined with purple Salvia farinacea for a glamorous appearance that complements the iconography of existing spatial elements. The horizontal alignment of Golden Bridge defines a sense of lightness and elegance as our aim was to provide a graceful curve above that also blends with the landscape. As such, special attention had to be made to the landscape treatment.
The bridge establishes a relationship with the delicate surroundings by absorbing its contextual palette of colours and materials. The selected golden stainless steel handrails, the timber deck and the green bridge columns in the form of trees, altogether, give rise to a colour contrast. Furthermore, all the colours and materials used for the two hands were carefully selected to create a lifelike appearance of an aged ruin from the ground. The two giant hands were deliberately embellished with cracks and moss finishing.
In the long run, the Golden Bridge functions as a highlight feature for Ba Na Hills Resort. Its symbolic image is believed to serve as a great tourism attraction not only in Da Nang city but in the whole country as well.
Will you make the trip to Vietnam to visit this amazing feat of civil engineering?