The designs for the Shan Shan Bridge come from Penda, an architecture firm with offices in Beijing and Vienna, and feature a 452-metre-long deck split up into three sets of connected arch-like structures. The inspiration for the shape of the bridge comes from the nearby mountains in the region. Translated into English, Shan Shan means three mountains and describes the form of the structure as seen from the side.
Crossing the Gui River and connecting the city centre with Zhangjiakou, the Shan Shan bridge would act as an important route that connects regional events and venues participating in the Winter Games.
In celebration of the Beijing Winter Games, the design features six white intersecting rings of equal dimension to symbolically mark the union of the continents. As well as that, the rings will act as the main structural elements that suspend the bridge deck, with a series of steel cables running between them.
The location for the bridge will act as a gateway between the city and the river valleys in the north of Beijing, with the surrounding area proving to be rapidly growing with both residents and tourists. The area beside the site is designated to be used for the Beijing Horticultural Expos in 2019.
The plans see transportation and pedestrian lanes being divided by a natural strip of hedges and trees, encouraging the bridge to be seen as a public space separating visitors from traffic.
If approved, the project would be an integral part of the wider infrastructure upgrades planned for Beijing ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in six years.