Our proposal titled “Jiku-no-Gate”, which means a gate to the historic scenes and the space where people mediates upon the peace, was awarded the first prize in “Heiwa-Ohashi Pedestrian Bridges Design Competition” held by the City of Hiroshima.
The proposed pedestrian bridges are planed to be constructed at the both sides of the existing Heiwa Ohashi Bridge. The Heiwa Ohashi Bridge (88.55 meters in length and 15.0 meters in width) was completed in 1952 to provide an access to the Hiroshima Peace Park, and its railings were designed by the world-renowned sculptor, Isamu Noguchi. Since the narrow sidewalk of the Heiwa Ohashi Bridge has often hindered the flow of pedestrian, the Hiroshima City has decided to construct new pedestrian bridges to serve pedestrian with more safety and amenity, and held the design competition.
This is the first international competition of bridge design in Japan and is open not only to bridge designers but also to artists and architects. Six (6) proposals including ours were selected for the finals from among twenty-nine (29) proposals, inclusive of 7 proposals from 6 foreign countries. The proposal submitted by Nippon Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd. in association with Professor Yozo Fujino, Workvisions Co. Ltd. and Structured Environment was finally awarded the first prize.
According to the evaluation committee, our proposal is excellent in harmonious structural formation with the surrounding scenes and in the design which set off the existing Heiwa Ohashi Bridge.
“Gate of Time and Space” which connects the old time and the future and recreates the space for meditation for the peace.