The bridge, located over the Gardon River in southern France, is made almost entirely out of cardboard tubes (281 to be exact), and is strong enough to carry 20 people at a time and weights only 7.5 tonnes.
The bridge also sits adjacent to an ancient Roman Bridge, creating an interesting juxtaposition. “It is a very interesting contrast, the Roman stone bridge and the paper bridge. Paper too can be permanent, can be strong and lasting. We need to get rid of these prejudices,” Ban said.
“A bridge was one of my dreams,” he said, as he thanked the two dozen French architecture students and three from Japan who built the bridge as a month-long project.
It’s just a shame that it has to be dismantled prior to the rainy season, as we would never be able to build it up in the UK . It was 28 degree’s C yesterday and it still rained in the evening.
Great design though.
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