Friday, June 6, 2014

Epic Bridges

1. River Hull Footbridge

A bridge that swings you across the river

Location:  Hull, UK
Passengers can “ride” this bridge to get across the river while it makes way for river traffic. The hub section even has a restaurant and a viewing platform that rotates with it. Photo via Archdaily

2. Aiola Island Bridge

The ultimate hangout bridge

Aiola Island Bridge
Location: Gratz, Austria
Designed to link nature with the city, this trendy island-bridge contains a bar, a cafe, a sunbathing area, an open-air theater, and a children’s playground. It was originally intended to be relocated to another river or city, but the people loved it so much, it stayed. Photo via Architecture Linked

3. Yongle Bridge

The only bridge with a Ferris Wheel attached to it

tianjin eye
Location: Tianjin, China
The Tianjin Eye,  towering 354 feet high, makes a full circle in 30 minutes. That’s a fun way to kill time when stuck in traffic. Photo via Windoworld

4. Vancouver Land Bridge

A gorgeous bridge that pays tribute to Northwestern American culture and history

Vancouver Land Bridge
Location: Vancouver, WA, USA
The Vancouver Land Bridge is part of a 2.3-mile trail winds through the historical sites of Fort Vancouver and the Columbia River. The trail is marked by Native American artwork among blooming flowers and indigenous plants grown in the earth-covered pedestrian bridge. Photo via Lando-Landscape Architecture

5. Foryd Harbour Cycle & Pedestrian Bridge

A flappy bridge

Location: Ryll, North Wales
To make way for passing ships, other bridges swing, twist, or elevate. This one flaps.

6. Pont Jacques Chaban-Delmas

A bridge with an elevator function

Location: Boreaux, France
A futuristic four-poster bridge that lifts traffic up for ships to sail through. Bet the view up there’s fantastic. Photo via Projets-Architecte-Urbanisme 

7. BP Pedestrian Bridge

A snaky bridge that blocks out traffic noise

Location: Chigaco, IL, USA
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, this stunning bridge was inspired by a certain scaly reptile that has haunted many of his works since the 1960′s. Photo via Designalmic

8. Gateshead Millennium Bridge

A winking, tilting bridge

Location: Gateshead, UK
The Gateshead Millenium is also called the  ’Blinking Eye Bridge’ or the ‘Winking Eye Bridge’ because of its peculiar movement when it pivots itself to provide clearance above the river. Tourists love watching the works. Photo via BBC News

9. Falkirk Wheel

A revolving boat lift from the future

Location: Falkirk, Scotland
Basically it lifts boats up from the water and on to the road above. Jaws drop.

10. Banpo Bridge

Korea’s famous rainbow fountain bridge

Location: Seoul, South Korea
A bridge built to entertain. Its inbuilt fountain is programmed to play shows throughout the day. At daytime it plays with different shapes of sprays, while at night it sends jets of rainbow-colored water to the air while music plays in the background. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

11. Red Python Bridge

A bridge that will swallow you whole

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Connecting Borneo Island and Sporenburg, this bridge is a popular destination for neighborhood youngsters to dive into the cool canal on hot summer days. Don’t let the snake-like form fool you. It’s perfectly safe. Photo via Jovarq

12. Henderson Waves

Singapore’s trendy hangout bridge

Location: Singapore
This is where all the cool kids in Singapore hang out. Its smooth, undulating wood panel hollows are the perfect place to take Instagrams. Photo via Yurtopic

13. Magdeburg Water Bridge

A bridge that connects rivers, not roads

Location: Magdeburg, Germany
The boss of all aqueducts, the Magdeburg Water Bridge is an engineering feat fusing two faraway rivers over another via an artificial river bridge thing that looks totally awesome. Photo via Home Desgn

14. Helix Bridge

 A bridge that resembles the structure of the DNA

Location: Singapore
Want to find out what the DNA looks like a million times magnified? Here’s an idea (minus the sparkly multi-color LED effect, of course).  Photo by Angus Martin

15. Hovenring

A floating bridge roundabout for cyclists

Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Cycling in Eindhoven is heaven, and this bridge is probably its most blissful spot. Suspended by steel cables from a balancing pylon, the Hovenring is practically floating on air while cyclists happily paddle around it. Photo via Reddit

16. Moses Bridge

A sunken bridge that lets you walk through, not over, water

Fort de Roovere 1
Location: Fort De Roovere, Netherlands
Remember Moses parting the Red Sea to free the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt? That’s the idea. Would have been cooler (or creepier) if the side walls were made of glass though. Photo via Best-Koeln

17. The Root Bridges of Cherrapunji

Natural bridges made entirely of living tree roots

Location: Cherrapunji, India
Finally, a group of  epic bridges that weren’t built, but grown. Tribesmen in Meghalaya use a natural guidance system to direct roots of a particular Indian rubber tree to create a bridge crossing the river. These bridges are said to be 500 years old. Photo by avikdasgupta via Panoramio

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