The Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is located near Zhangjiajie City, in Hunan Province, China, and is the tallest and longest glass pedestrian bridge in the world. Bridging the gap between two peaks, which are said to have inspired the American blockbuster Avatar, it is 380 meters long, six meters wide, and stands nearly 300 meters above the canyon floor. Its sleek, transparent design blends seamlessly into its surrounding landscape, offering unparalleled views of the national forest park’s dramatic scenery.
Designed by internationally renowned architect Haim Dotan, who established Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects in 1990, the Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is a cutting-edge reflection of the firm’s focus on innovative and ecological architectural and design projects. Inspired by the ancient Chinese master Lao Tzu, who said, “Great sound is unheard; great form is invisible”, Haim Dotan has managed to create a structure that is both great in size and subtlety, a symbol of both the celebration and preservation of its natural environment.
大峡谷玻璃桥的设计师为蜚声国际的建筑大师Haim Dotan，其于1990年成立了Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects，一直以创新和生态的建筑和设计项目为重点，玻璃桥正是其中的顶尖代表。Haim Dotan表示，玻璃桥设计理念来自中国哲学大师老子的观点：“大音希声，大象无形”。他希望在建筑中融合“薄如蝉翼却十足震撼”的感官体验，并在保护自然环境的同时，也体现大自然的巧夺天工。
Haim Dotan’s projects offer new perspectives on our global architectural landscape by incorporating progressive technologies that continue to develop construction techniques. Previous to the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge, Professor Dotan earned international recognition for his design of the Israel Pavilion for the Shanghai World EXPO 2010. He describes the design as a physical representation of the Confucianist concept of Yin and Yang due its focus on balance, with two curvaceous structures gradually intertwining. Dotan is also a refined poet, philosopher and artist, as well as an educator at Beijing’s DeTao Masters Academy, the Institute of Visual Art, and Shanghai’s Fudan University.
“I believe in nature, harmony, balance and beauty,” says Dotan, “Nature is beautiful as it is. One wants to make the least impact upon it. Therefore, the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was designed to be as invisible as possible – a white bridge disappearing into the clouds.” It certainly gives the impression of being suspended in mid-air, a structural glass deck that floats above the canyon like a bird in flight. Slatted handrails flank the bridge’s glass walkway, which narrows in the middle to create an exaggerated perspective. Though its vertigo-inducing views are not recommended for the faint-hearted, the Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is the perfect destination for a breathtaking set of holiday snaps.