Blog: Architectural Delights

These 8 bridges have very impressive and delightful architectural designs and constructions. They have left a mark on their surrounding landscapes and societies, varying from impressive heights, lengths, materials and visuals.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge

gateshead_millennium_bridge_-_coming_downNewcastle, UK
This hyper modern bridge crosses the River Tyne and allows for pedestrians and cyclists to cross but also for ships to pass underneath. The bridge can tilt in order to let the ships pass, while people on both sides wait for it to come back down- this only takes about 10 minutes! The Bridge stretches 126 metres across and weighs more than 800 tonnes.

 

Vizcaya (Bizkaia) Bridge

puente_colgante_bizkaiaBasque Country, Spain
The Vizcaya Bridge was built in 1893 and crosses the Nervión River in Northern Spain. It was especially significant for its time as a new lightweight technology of twisted steel ropes was used. A high suspended gondola carries both pedestrians and vehicles across the river. The bridge is 45 meters high and spans 160 meter across, and was appointed to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006.

 

Erasmus Bridge

erasmusbrug_across_the_nieuwe_maas_riverRotterdam, The Netherlands
Since 1996 this 800 meter long cable-stayed bridge spans across the Nieuwe Maas (New Meuse) River. In the middle you’ll notice a large, 139 meter, pylon with a kink, which resulted in its present nickname ‘The Swan’. The Bridge connects the centre of the City with the newest district on the other side. It allows for crossing of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. Part of the bridge can also open up for larger ships to pass.

 

Millau Viaduct

viaducdemillauMillau-Creissels, France
This mega structure, which opened in 2004, was built across the Valley of the River Tarn and is part of an important autoroute from Paris to Montpellier. It is a cable-stayed bridge of an impressive 2460m long and around 343m high! The cost to build this Viaduct was a massive 394 million Euro’s.  It is the tallest bridge in the world and is one of the greatest engineering achievements so far.

 

Helix Bridge

double-helix-bridge
Marina Bay, Singapore
In 2010 this pedestrian bridge, inspired by the shape of DNA, was opened at night. The designer used multiple styles of steel to curve around the surface, which serve as the visual spectacle. The Bridge is only 280 meters long but has openings at four points for viewing platforms that extend out for beautiful views of the bay.

 

Forth Bridge

scotland-2016-aerial-edinburgh-forth_bridgeScotland (near Edinburgh)
The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge which crosses the Firth of Forth with a length of almost 2.5 km. It was designed by two engineers; Sir John Fowler and Sir Benjamin Baker in the 1880s. By 1890 the Bridge was opened for railway traffic and since 2015 it was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

akashi_bridgeJapan
The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge has the longest central span of any suspension bridge in the world. Replacing ferries, it allows for quick and safe passing of loads of traffic across the Akashi Strait. Nearly 4 km of bridge now links mainland town Kobe to the Awaji Island.

 

Dragon Bridge

cau_rongDa Nang, Vietnam
The Dragon Bridge crosses the Han River in Da Nang. It is almost 700m long and has six traffic lanes. It was opened in 2013, to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the liberation of Da Nang City. The bridge was built in the shape of a dragon, which can also breathe fire and water. Especially by night, it creates a spectacular view and atmosphere.

 

Sources:
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/attractions/bridge/Facts.aspx
http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1217
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vizcaya_Bridge
http://www.nieuws.top010.nl/erasmusbrug
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erasmusbrug
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millau_Viaduct
http://www.forth-bridges.co.uk/forth-bridge.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akashi_Kaiky%C5%8D_Bridge
http://tourism.danang.vn/en/attractions/da-nangs-bridges/dragon-bridge.html

Photo Credits:
Photo 1: Gateshead Millennium Bridge By Axel Steenberg – originally posted to Flickr as The Millenium Bridge, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12256842

Photo 2: Vizcaya Bridge By Tamy bj7 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 es, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35510314

Photo 3: Erasmus Bridge By fychu – Flickr: Erasmusbrug, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16994900

Featured Image & Photo 4: Millau Viaduct By Mike Lehmann, Mike Switzerland 10:38, 14 March 2008 (UTC) — Travail personnel., Image non libre, https://fr.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1730535

Photo 5: Helix Bridge By William Cho,http://www.flickr.com/photos/adforce1/4548283177/in/faves-24788065@N02/, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10123781

Photo 6: Forth Bridge By Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51291330

Photo 7: Akashi-Kaikyo bridge By Tysto – Self-published work by Tysto, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=477955

Photo 8: Dragon Bridge By Bùi Thụy Đào Nguyên – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26183858

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