Linearscape's suspended bridge brings walkers above tree level
The Wild Center in Adirondacks, NY, is a non-profit organisation that aims at inspiring people to explore the natural richness of the area. They organise walks, excursions, short trips that offer much more than just assigning the route. Their walks are study trips, where participants are invited to learn about nature, biology, geology, geography and so on. Now, thanks to Linearscape Architecture, their popular Wild Walk is taken to a whole new level, both in the figurative and literal sense. A series of elevated platforms were raised in the woods that are connected by suspending bridges, offering a whole new way to experience the forest. The walk begins at ground level, then takes walkers gradually up to 12 m above the environment. This way they can not only get a more complete view of the surrounding mountains, but have the opportunity to inspect trees closely from a never-before-seen point of view.
Following the Adirondacks Park Agency’s demands to design a structure that would blend in with the natural surroundings as much as possible, the construct is built on Corten steel posts. The material’s changing colour palette adheres naturally to the environment, while the slender shapes are abstractions of the white pine trees of the site. Since the Wild Walk is targeted at people of any age and level of training, it is full of family-friendly solutions. The site is almost fully accessible, provides plenty of resting and observational spots, and fun elements like swinging bridges, a spider’s web, and four twig tree houses are also incorporated. At the highest point, the walk ends in a life-size eagle’s nest, overviewing the impressive landscape around.
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