Rhythm of Saigon Waves: Second Prize in Architectural Competition for Pedestrian Bridge Crossing Saigon River

The pedestrian bridge across the Saigon River connects the existing city center with the new Thu Thiem urban area, connecting Nguyen Hue walking street and Bach Dang riverside park with Ho Chi Minh Square (the largest square in Vietnam), therefore has great architectural and community value, has important meaning, represents the appearance of a new urban area, connecting current architectural works with the future.

This is a pedestrian bridge project more than 500m long, expected to be a highlight of the city in the future. The Ho Chi Minh City government has set requirements for project design to ensure harmony with the overall surrounding architectural space. Accordingly, the pedestrian bridge across the Saigon River will be built in a memorable shape, expected to become an impressive work of art, an architectural highlight on the Saigon River. At the same time, the bridge needs to have high aesthetic elements, use new technology, and ensure the service of emergency vehicles moving in case of need.

Some advantages of the Saigon Waves plan

  • Beloved and rare, there is a bridge with a more suitable curved shape than this location
  • Just save 5 minutes of travel time by walking, 1 million people save 5 million minutes
  • Not only bringing high aesthetic value, just the curved shape of the bridge is beautiful enough
  • Besides, it has the only Iconic Landmark in Saigon in particular and perhaps Vietnam in general.

In harmony with the architectural landscape of the surrounding area. The pedestrian bridge across the Saigon River designed by Kidohu promises to not only bring a work of art on the water surface, but also an entertainment place combined with a capacity of 4,300 people, carrying within itself the symbol Pearl of the Far East. Connecting the existing city center with Thu Thiem new urban area, connecting Nguyen Hue walking street and Bach Dang riverside park with Thu Thiem Square (the largest square in Vietnam).

The Saigon Wave theme pedestrian bridge modeled by RM-SPECEFRAME uses a single girder structure to represent the cross-section of the bridge while each cable stays and the pylon. This model has been adopted for main longitudinal use, and is also used to calculate design images of components in the direction of the greatest load on the structure. The bridge is analyzed linearly considering the influence of cable slack. The elastic modulus of the stay cable under dead load conditions is reduced using Ernst’s formula considering the effect of cable slack.

Let’s take a look at the panoramic view of the plan that won second prize in the architectural competition for a pedestrian bridge across the Saigon River

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