「建築，是用結構來表達思想的科學性藝術。」（Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Architectural Forum, May 1930）
「一個好的建物不會破壞景觀，而是因為它的建造使景觀更優美。」（Frank Lloyd Wright）
“Architecture is the scientific art of making structure express ideas.”
- Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Architectural Forum, May 1930
“The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built.”
- Frank Lloyd Wright
The Museum Bridge is a bridge of contemplation that connects people to nature and science to art. Using contemporary structural systems of glued laminated wood (glulam) and steel, the bridge delicately exhibits the elegance of structure, mechanics, and materials. The curved shape and the truss system effectively stabilize the main structural body and significantly reduce the complexity of the original suspension-point design. The wood construction reduces the general weight of the bridge and is safer in terms of its overall shock resistance capacity.
Preliminary design scheme
This scheme uses steel plates to form a box-section girder about one meter in height. The bridge is hung on the existing roof trusses by steel cables. This box-section design is commonly used for structures in pedestrian bridges.
Glulam keel beam design scheme
The structural material configuration of this scheme is divided into two types: Keel and Rib. The detachable or transparent bridge deck allows visitors to directly observe the structural design of the snake-like skeleton. At this phase, the use of glulam is also considered as a more sustainable building material.
C-shaped hanging point design scheme
The main strategy of this scheme is to change the suspension points of the cables into C/box-shaped steel pipes. In addition to solving the walking-range cable interference problem, this design also shortens the effective span while resolving the structural problems of deformation or vibration.
Steel-wood composite space-truss design scheme
The main structure of the bridge is a composite of continuous 3D triangular steel-glulam. The composite space-truss structure can reduce the amount of steel suspension cables and showcase the mechanical elegance of the bridge.
Final design scheme
This is an extension of the previous composite space-truss scheme whereby the design of the armrest is modified as part of the truss system. The overall curved shape of the bridge increases its ability to resist distortion, enhances stability and rigidity, and effectively reduces the amount of steel suspension cables.