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A masterwork-First bridge design in Taiwan to be decided by an international drawing competition, conducted by government insititute.

2015年國際競圖之優勝團隊由中興工程顧問股份有限公司及德國Leonhardt Andrä und Part-ner(德商萊恩安德工程顧問公司)組成,另由英國Zaha Hadid 建築師事務所協助橋梁美學設計,提供景觀構思和地標性的視覺饗宴。

The winning team of the 2015 international drawing competition includes Sinotech Engineering Consultants, Ltd. of Taiwan and Leonhardt Andrä und Partner of Germany. Zaha Hadid Architects of the UK assisted with aesthet-ic design of the bridge, contributing scenic concepts and a visual feast of a landmark.

橋梁美學—夜半舞者靜謐時(The Serene Dancer of the Night)

Bridge aesthetics—The Serene Dancer of the Night


Overall design concept and substance

Zaha Hadid團隊以夕照美景、舞者曼妙律動以及對觀音山宗教禮讚為靈感,提出一個將建築藝術和工程技術融為一體、無可挑剔的解決方案,讓這一座獨一無二的斜張橋,座落於人文薈萃的淡水河口。

Zaha Hadid's team used the beautiful sunset, the graceful, rhythmic form of a dancer, and the spiritual connotations of Mt. Guanyin to fuse architectural art and engineering technique in an impeccable solution, and place a truly unique cable-stayed bridge at the culture-steeped mouth of the Tamsui River.


The pylon takes the form of two hands in a prayer position, and conveys the idea of praying for blessings on Taiwan. In addition, the soaring extension of the pylon evokes a phoenix emerging from the fire, spreading its wings, and soaring into the sky!


A single-pylon asymmetric cable-stayed bridge structural design has been adopted in view of changes in the depth of the bedrock at the mouth of the Tamsui River while maintaining harmony with the surrounding environ-ment and sunset scenery. The pylon is located closer to the Tamsui side, which will let it highlight the Tamsui sunset and vista of Mt. Guanyin.


Rhythm of moving cars


Rhythm of moving cars




Guandu Bridge(evening)




Tamsui Lovers Bridge (midday)


Quietly watching over the night, bursting into serene dance





When the Danjiang Bridge was designed, attention was paid to the bridge's appearance, and its coordination with its surrounding environment, at sunset, during the dusk, and during nighttime.

When the sun sets in the west, the light poles are bathed in a warm glow, like the color of a lake, and the colors undergo subtle changes; the junction of the light poles and the bridge deck is clearly brighter, and the tops of the light poles fade progressively as they extend upward, as if they are disappearing into the night, like the sunset glow vanishing below the horizon.

At dusk, the underside of the center of the deck is illuminated by the light, and the entire body of the bridge has a fluid shape in the horizontal direction, while its inverted shape is reflected by the water.

At night, the light poles and the underside of the deck are illuminated; the light poles are bathed in a soft glow, which forms an aura around their tips; the bridge as a whole has a fascinating calligraphic effect, which instantly leaves a deep impression in people's minds, and highlights the charm of this landmark bridge.


The bridge's lighting design features different lamp colors that change with the seasons. For instance, the light will feature warm colors during the winter, but switch to cool, refreshing hues in equilibrium with the environment during the hot summer months, and these color changes will give the bridge different appearances.


Cherishing the "Danjiang sunset"


Tamsui has a distinctive cultural history and architectural landscape, and the ”Danjiang sunset” is of one the "Eight Tamsui sights." When the sun goes down, a glorious brilliance spreads over the surface of the water, the sky is filled with a gorgeous golden orange radiance, and the colors are reflected on the layers of clouds. The optimized design of the Danjiang Bridge avoids obscuring the view, and the changes in light and shadow caused by the pylon add to the fascination of the Danjiang sunset. This design preserves the broad vista and sunset beauty of the mouth of the Tamsui River for residents of northern Taiwan and surrounding areas.


The sunset seen from the riverside pedestrian walkway near Fort San Domingo in Tamsui


Analysis of sunset locations during the four seasons