Ruck-a-Chucky BridgeT.Y. Lin International, Hanson Engineers, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Unbuilt project, 1979
“The bridge was designed to span the American River in California, about 10 miles upstream from a planned dam. The challenge was to connect roads running parallel to the steep valley walls without requiring the extensive and costly re-grading required for a straight bridge, and a curved span with customary vertical supports was ruled out by the 450-foot depth of the anticipated reservoir. Hence the “hanging arc” concept for the bridge, with a curved concrete deck supported by 80 post-tensioned cables anchored in the slopes of the gorge.” [via]
The Pinch is a small community center and library located in the mountain village of Shuanghe, China. Designed by John Lin and Olivier Ottevaere, the pinch features a curved roof which doubles as a children’s slide, an indoor library and a playground.