5 Cool Bridges You May Not Have Heard Of

5 Cool Bridges You May Not Have Heard Of

by Greg Fry on June 14, 2017

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Bridge design is taken to the next level with cool and crazy structures across the world.

Today’s architects, artists, designers, contractors, and builders are collaborating with cities and planning commissions to create outstanding structures that benefit communities and create planning solutions. To make creative ideas a reality, it’s important that the creative and project management processes come together seamlessly.

Bridging the gap between gravity, utility, and design, bridges are often built to be unassuming. But sometimes they can be beautifully outrageous. Inspiration is everywhere, and these five spectacular bridges break the mold of traditional design.

Lucky Knot Bridge

Changsha, China

The Lucky Knot Bridge was designed with recreational, ecological, and tourist activities in mind. The Lucky Knot Bridge was designed with recreational, ecological, and tourist activities in mind.

With its name and shape a nod to the Chinese art of decorative knotting, the Lucky Knot Bridge is a steel, 600-foot-long infinity loop with no clear beginning or end point over the Dragon King Harbor River. The bridge features 1,001 steps connecting four separate public spaces in the city, and each area has a separate access point to the bridge.

Sölvesborg Bridge

Sölvesborg, Sweden

The Sölvesborg Bridge was designed with the natural environment in mind. The Sölvesborg Bridge was designed with the natural environment in mind.

At 2,480 feet, Europe’s longest pedestrian bridge, the Sölvesborg Bridge, was designed to connect the small town of Sölvesborg with a new housing district across the bay. Not just another footbridge, the structure features three outstanding support duplex stainless steel arches, illuminated by color-changing LED lights.

Køge North Station

Køge, Denmark

 The Køge North Station bridge will be the new gateway to Copenhagen for the 90,000 people passing through the area daily.
The Køge North Station bridge will be the new gateway to Copenhagen for the 90,000 people passing through the area daily.

The Køge North Station bridge includes passageways for trains and cars, as well as a full station and park-and-ride. The bridge was designed to promote easy change of transportation (train, car, bike, and bus), as well as overall railway use in Denmark. The structure features a 180-degree panoramic view.

 

Puente Laguna Garzón (Laguna Garzón Bridge)

Garzón, Uruguay

The Laguna Garzón Bridge reduces vehicle speed, allowing users to enjoy the views and landscape. The Laguna Garzón Bridge reduces vehicle speed, allowing users to enjoy the views and landscape.

The Laguna Garzón Bridge was created to replace single-vehicle rafts, which was the tried-and-true way of crossing Laguna Garzón. Though most truly appreciated from a bird’s-eye view, the circular concrete bridge is elevated on cylindrical piles, creating a lagoon inside a lagoon.

Helix Bridge

Downtown Core, Singapore

The Helix Bridge design signifies life, renewal, and growth. The Helix Bridge design signifies life, renewal, and growth.

The first bridge to incorporate the shape of a double helix, the Helix Bridge (formerly known as the Double Helix Bridge) is a pedestrian bridge crossing the Singapore River, connecting Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay area in Singapore. Crafted with glass panels and perforated steel, the structure is illuminated with ribbons of LED lights at night.

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