Pont Du Gard in France

​Paper Bridge got steps from UPM ProFi

World-renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban designed a temporary bridge over the Gardon River in southern France. The bridge was part of a summer festival at the Pont du Gard and built to access to a small island. The bridge was built from 281 cardboard tubes with a 4-inch diameter and steps made from UPM ProFi Deck boards. The foundation of the bridge was made of wooden boxes filled with sand.

The structure was named the paper bridge, with construction completed in 2007. It was located less than a kilometre from Pont du Gard, an old Roman bridge. The paper bridge could carry up to 20 people at a time.

Architect Shigeru Ban is renowned for his innovative use of paper. He is also considered to be a developer of and forerunner in ecological architecture. UPM and Shigeru Ban have also cooperated on the Artek Pavilion at the Milan Furniture Fair in the spring of 2007.