Botanic Bridge Gwangju
2001, Gwangju, South Korea
West 8 was commissioned to do a study for transforming the 10.8 km disused railway line surrounding the city-heart of Gwangju into a usable green corridor.
West 8 conceived a green serpent that could connect over 20 public schools. To cross the Gwangju stream, West 8 proposed a landmark, a botanic bridge, celebrating the Korean botanics, as a permanent landmark in the city.
The parabolic 35m high botanic bridge contains 24 concrete tree-pots, 4m in diameter, the largest being 7m high. This footbridge has no explicit circulation target. People can, but are not forced to climb the bridge, but the brave and adventures will.