Ordos District, Inner Mongolia Region, Western China. The local authorities decided that they wanted not just a bridge over the Ulanmulun River, but a technogenic landmark, for which they ordered a corresponding project to the British architect Margo Krasoevich. And what is already looming is least of all like a bridge crossing. Rather, it is a greeting from the future.
Krasoevich rarely creates projects that the construction industry can implement without problems. On the contrary, sometimes you have to wait until the technology has advanced far enough that you could try to translate the idea into metal or concrete. But at the same time, a rational, practical grain in Krasoevich's works is always present - just an idea too bold for its time.
The bridge for Ordos is designed as a transformer structure on a floating platform, towed as needed or with the possibility of installing its own engine. The bridge does not have a stable shape - three sliding spans take the configuration that will provide a connection between the two banks on a specific section of the river. Gigantic folding wings are spread over the spans - they serve as the basis for an array of solar panels.
There is a chance that no matter how outlandish the project is, the bridge will still be built - albeit in the next decade. Therefore, the project is replete with details, at least the changeable appearance of the bridge can be presented in all its glory. The author does not cover the cost of money and time for the construction of such a miracle of engineering and architecture. However, there is information that a new principle of self-sufficiency has been implemented here - the bridge will be expensive to build, but almost free in operation, due to its own generation of energy for all systems.