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
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.
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
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)
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.
Downtown Core, Singapore
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.