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White-Washed Bridges

The Buen Cultural Center Bridge is Built in Response to its Surroundings

— July 10, 2014 — Art & Design
The Buen Cultural Center bridge by 3XN was built to connect this cultural building with the main section of a city in Norway. The architects used a light, white-washed look that's meant to reflect the nature of the city and exude a relaxing aesthetic.

Lit up at night, the bridge and cultural center together look stunning. Again, the white hue makes it appear smooth and unimposing, blending well with the surroundings. According to DesignBoom, "the curved link features two clearly defined pockets of space, which invite people to pause and relax within the picturesque environment, envisioned as a social meeting point."

3XN aimed to make a bridge that encouraged contemplation as well as serving as a functioning pathway to the cultural center, which is exactly what the team achieved in the end.

Photo Credits: designboom, 3xn
Trend Themes
1. White-washed Architecture - Architects can use light, white-washed looks in cultural center bridges to exude a relaxing aesthetic and blend well with the surroundings.
2. Contemplative Structures - Designing structures that encourage contemplation as well as serving as a functioning pathway could lead to more social meeting points.
3. Nighttime Illumination - The use of efficient lighting in architecture can enhance the aesthetic of nighttime illumination and result in stunning designs.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Architects who incorporate contemplative and aesthetic elements into their designs could find new opportunities in designing bridges and other structures for urban centers.
2. Lighting - Companies that specialize in efficient lighting, particularly for architecture and public spaces, could find new customers in architects and urban planners looking to enhance the aesthetic of buildings and structures.
3. Urban Planning - Urban planning firms that prioritize social meeting points in their designs could offer more attractive and inclusive spaces for city residents.
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