Kiss Bridge is located on the southwest coast of Phú Quốc Island in Vietnam, an iconic and recognisable point for tourism. The bridge, whose architectural design was supervised by Marco Casamonti/Archea Associati, is considered as a unique infrastructure composed of unevenness and irregularities: its structure adapts to the characteristic topography of the place, creating different levels where it is possible to contemplate the panorama from different points of view.
This is how the project comes to life, in which the designer wants to emphasise the tension between the two lovers – the moment before the kiss. This tension will therefore always remain constant and infinite, but the act can be performed by people walking along the two different elements, reaching out and making the last gesture that the two structures will never make, touching each other. Kiss Bridge is a performance art installation, which encourages the participating audience to recover the feeling of connection.
Kiss Bridge sits on the existing breakwater, but its body is divided into many parts: accesses to the bridge from the north and south, an integrated pedestrian path with the Mr Bridge restaurant on the north side and the Mrs Bridge restaurant on the south side, a photo shoot bridge that acts as a viewing platform towards the Kiss point. In order to visualise this function and to keep the bridge safe from wave action, the photo shoot bridge is 9 m high compared to the 16 m of Kiss Point. The different elevation creates interesting viewpoints for viewers.
Solving the engineering problems posed by the complex geometry of the work is seen by F&M Ingegneria, a leader in cutting-edge design solutions in the fields of civil engineering, infrastructure and project management, as a real challenge.
This large “suspended” infrastructure will redesign the island’s waterfront, creating a new landmark, recognisable from the sea and land.
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