Horstel, Germany-based OASE Living Water has turned the Banpo Bridge in Seoul into a major new tourist attraction by converting it into the world’s largest and longest waterfall bridge.
The company also recently performed a similarly major feat of water sculpturing at the newly opened Mardan Palace Hotel in Antalya, Turkey.
OASE Living Water has equipped the 1.4-kilometre-long Banpo Bridge with 380 jets and LED floodlights. The jets, installed on the sides of the bridge, produce an arc of water enveloping the entire bridge and shoot 60 tons of water into the Han River every minute.
According to OASE, the overall effect is spectacular, creating the impression of a waterfall cascading down 60 metres on either side of the bridge. After dark the fountains are immersed in a complex play of colours, created by numerous floodlights.
“In this project, no limits were imposed on the imagination of our designers and engineers,” says Ansgar Paul, CEO of OASE .
OASE has conducted numerous major projects over the last 10 years, including the fountain system for the Olympic Games in the Olympic Park in Beijing. The company also equipped the new Mardan Palace in Antalya, Turkey, with a unique system of water features. The hotel opened in May. The fountain installation at the hotel extends over several terraces and at night creates a fireworks effect intended to remind the viewer of the Arabian Nights, says OASE.
“This project was quite a challenge,” says Paul. “The Mardan Palace is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world ― so we wanted its water features to be equally unique and impressive. It took us over 15 months to plan and carry out the project.”
Covering 180,000 square metres, the construction of the hotel cost over 1.4 million euros ― more than any European hotel, says OASE. The Mardan Palace has 560 rooms and suites, 10 restaurants, 14 bars, a 7,500-square-metre wellness complex and landscaped pools that cover some 16,000 square metres.