Crafted for Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Raymond Blanc’s two-star Michelin hotel and restaurant, this bridge revitalized the Japanese garden, replacing a deteriorated glulam structure. To ensure strength and durability, the main carriage beam sections were kept substantial.
Reviving 17th-century Chinoiserie and Japonisme trends, the bridge perfectly complemented the refurbished Japanese garden. Manual assembly, aided by a gantry scaffold, positioned the main beams due to limited vehicle access. The Mushroom Bridge spanned a container cultivating restaurant fungi. Curved timber segments formed the arch and handrails, while Chestnut poles masked the container.
Stainless steel flitches elevated beam ends for longevity, while oval handrails with scroll terminations added charm. The Teak-crafted Zig-zag bridge showcased hand-shaped posts and rails, secured with stainless steel coach screws and Teak plugs. Teak’s durability guaranteed an 80-year lifespan. The client opted against no-slip inserts, preferring maintenance to preserve slip-free surfaces.