A Bridge Between Heaven and Earth
The world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge, across the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Hunan Province, China, will open later this year. The 1,300-foot span is at a dizzying height of more than 1,000 feet. It will host fashion shows as well as the highest bungee jump in the world.
“I did not want to build the bridge,” said Tel Aviv-based architect Haim Dotan in a telephone interview. “The canyon is too beautiful.” He agreed to build it for the developer on condition that the bridge would disappear, taking his cue from the ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu: “A musical note is unheard and a form is invisible.”
Thus, Dotan said, the glass is no gimmick; the other elements, including the unusually narrow support beams, are painted white to disappear into the clouds.
Dotan—who believes in drawing on nature for creative inspiration—has designed projects throughout Asia, the Persian Gulf, Africa, Europe and Israel. He has a long-standing connection with China: His mother and grandparents lived in Shanghai after fleeing Russia in 1915. Ultimately, they settled in Jerusalem, where Dotan was born.