A bridge that adapts to changing to water levels

During spring in rural Norway, large water bodies and ice risk damaging bridges in the highlands. For this reason, bridges are often raised relative to the highest flood datum recorded. Wood+ shifts away from this static design and reimagines the footbridge as a self-regulating system made of composite joints. These can redirect water-flow pressure into lifting compressing forces, allowing the bridge to offset itself in relation to the fluctuating river level.

Lars Erik Elseth

  • Lars Erik Elseth
    IAAC – Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

    I recently graduated from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalunya, and hold a undergraduate degree from RMIT University in Melbourne. My background consists of a very form-driven bachelor’s degree, where I studied formal tools in architectural design, while recent studies have taught me about generative design and fabrication. I’m curious about new territories for architectural practice. An architect today is well capable of approaching problems through managing datasets and formalizing this into physical space, foreshadowing a possible disciplinary shift. This summer I have been a resident at Autodesk Build Space in Boston where I have had the chance to accelerate my project in highly advanced facilities and with access to software and the industry working in and around Autodesk.more

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