A walk through the forest has taken on a whole new meaning in Russia. During a festival of design and architecture in Russia's Nikola-Lenivets forest, one company built a 170-foot-long trampoline trail.
The firm, Salto Architects, says its Fast Track "is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context, giving the user a different experience of moving and perceiving the environment."
The designers cleared a section of forest about two football fields long to install anchors that would hold a simple rubber mat taut enough to jump on. Then they held performances and let visitors test it out.
"Lawsuits and insurance issues aside, imagine this as your morning commute everyday," writes the design site Knstrct. "Work would literally be a 'hop, skip, and a jump' away as commuters would breeze through the forest avoiding congested traffic, loud honking and the occasional collision."
Surprisingly, it's not the first trampoline-as-thoroughfare concept. As Fast Company notes : architects proposed a bridge akin to a bouncy castle to cross the Seine in Paris in a competition.