Photo: Dr. Claude Comtois, 1992.
Access Ramp to the Nanpu Bridge, Shanghai
The Nanpu bridge, which was completed in 1991, is one of the two
major bridges crossing the Huangpu River in Shanghai. It represented
a radical change in the urban road infrastructure of the city. Because
of the strategic importance of the river as a navigation axis (Shanghai
is the world's largest port in terms of tonnage) the bridge was set
at a significant height, which required extensive access ramps. To minimize
the spatial imprint of the ramp, it was built as a spiral on the Shanghai
side of the bridge. On the above photo taken just a few months after
the bridge was completed, its impacts on the local land use and the
urban spatial structure were not yet in place.