Maybe you don’t think a post on bridges sounds very interesting. How about a bridge that folds into a circle to let boats by? Or one that has a meditation center and museum on it? Or a coffee shop? I hope some of the amazing designs, cool lighting or perfect locales on this page change your mind.
Built to let canal boats pass, the rolling bridge unfurls every day at noon, London, England
A new kind of draw bridge: Friedrich Bayer Bridge, Brazil
Helium balloon suspended bridge by Olivier Grossetête in Tatton’s Japanese garden in the UK.
Ancient Bridge, Kromlau, Germany
The ‘gold line bridge’ in Arcadia, California. Andrew Leicester was commissioned to capture the character of the local culture and history in his design.
Image by PacoAlcantara.
The world’s largest dragon-shaped bridge over the Han River, Vietnam, covered in over 2,500 LED lights – and it breathes fire.
by Ian@NZ on flickr
Millenium bridge’ of bamboo, Bali, Indonesia.
Aiola Island Bridge – Mur River in Graz, Austria – It has a sunbathing area, a trendy bar and a coffee house, plus it allows you to cross the Mur River
Moonlight in Multnomah Falls, Oregon by bobshots on flickr
Umeda Sky Building in Osaka City, Japan – world’s highest escalator.
Under The Bridge by Mazen Abdulmalek
Image by junkie-house
Garden of 10,000 bridges by “west 8” in Xi’an, China
The ‘peace bridge’ by Valencian architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, spanning the bow river in Calgary, Canada.
Zhivopisny Bridge, Moscow, Russia
High Bridge Trail State Park, Virginia
Rainforest Canopy Walkway by Travelust 88
Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado. The world’s highest suspension bridge which spans the Arkansas River at a height of 1053 feet.
The Khaju Bridge, Pol-e-Khajoo, in Isfahan, Iran, was built in the 17th century by Shah Abbas II. The bridge is also a dam, with sluice gates under the archways.
The Palladian Bridge, Bath, England
Bridge leading to the Giant Buddha, China
Millau Bridge, France – the tallest bridge in the world.
Spider bridge by henrye, Sun City, North-West of South Africa
The whole bridge is suspended with boats holding planks together, China
Giethoorn, Netherlands (the town with no roads) – The Venice of Netherland
The Arganquela footbridge is over 250 meters long, subtly expanding in its diameter.
In Madrid, Spain
Skybridge, built on the island of Pulau in the Langkawi Archipelago , Malaysia. This cross between a bridge and an observation deck affords fantastic views of the Andaman Sea. It stands 700 metres.
Spanning the trinity river and Dallas floodway in Dallas, Texas, the ‘Margaret Hunt hill bridge’
A closed railroad bridge built in 1939 dong-gu, daegu, South Korea was redesigned to include cultural service facilities, such as a meditation institute, observatory space, rest area and a museum.
Details of the old railroad tie and rail show through.
Meditation center on the bridge.
The kiosks serve as a digital museum of the bridge.
The bridge at night.
Dallas, Texas. Image © gus rios
By gus Rios
Architects from NEXT were chosen to design a new bridge over a canal in Purmurend, The Netherlands to accommodate bikes, pedestrians and wheelchairs. However, wheelchairs need very shallow ramps for access, which made the bridge a really long Z shape, almost 330 feet long.
The solution was to add another short but steep bridge for pedestrians who could climb up the arch, 40 feet high, and get a great view too.
The new white Ölhafen Bridge is an elegant, curved structure. It spans the 70 m wide entrance to the oil terminal harbour in Raunheim, Germany with a spiralling access ramp.
Cane bridge and woman carrying cane logs – Kabua village, Republic Of The Congo.
Henderson Waves At a height of 36 metres or 12 storeys pedestrian bridge, Singapore.
Light Rail Train Bridge; Jerusalem, Israel; designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Peace footbridge over river in Lyon, France
PUBLIC SPACE in the middle of Lyon bridge.)
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Thanks to: DesignBoom, and Sam Pryor on Pinterest