Some of the world’s most famous architectural features are bridges. This article isn’t about the tallest or the longest, but about the most unique. Here are a few bridges that inspire us to pick up a camera and book a flight!
Hureai Bridge, near Kyoto, Japan
This circular pedestrian bridge is part of a spa complex. It was designed by the architect Norihiko Dan, who also designed the spa and the surrounding parkland area. It also known as the ‘friendship bridge’ and was built in 1998. Norihiko Dan is regarded as having revolutionised Japanese architecture and is also an environmental activist. This love of complementing natural landscape with built architecture can be seen in all of his work.
Rolling Bridge, Grand Union Canal, London
Built to let canal boats pass, the rolling bridge unfurls every day at noon. Designed at the studios of architect Thomas Heatherwick, the bridge is famous for its unique curling action. Heatherwick built the bridge with a focus on it’s function rather than it’s outward appearance and liked the idea that “the two furthest parts of the bridge would end up kissing”.
Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
Built on the island of Pulau in the Langkawi Archipelago , this cross between a bridge and an observation deck affords fantastic views of the Andaman Sea. It stands 700 metres above sea level and the curved design enables you to see not only from starting point to starting point, but fantastic views from every angle. Probably one of the most beautiful bridges in the world.
Bridges aren’t just a way of getting from point A to point B, or stacking the most concrete and steel together in order to break records. These three pedestrian bridges show that smart architecture can help people enjoy a familiar landscape in a new and exciting way.
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