From traditional to modern: 7 of the most incredible bridges from all over the world9th Aug 18 | Lifestyle
Far from boring structures, these are some of the most exciting examples of architecture.
Far from being just a means to get from A to B, bridges have long been an opportunity for architects to really go wild and experiment.
Sure, you know the Golden Gate and are familiar with Tower Bridge, but what about the feats of engineering that you might not have heard of?
Even if you never knew you were a bridge fan, you soon will be after taking a look at some of these incredible structures from all over the world.
1. Golden Bridge, Vietnam
This is the newest addition to the list as it was only opened to the public in June. Situated in the coastal city of Da Nang in central Vietnam, many people have noted how it looks like something straight out of Lord of the Rings.
More than 1,400m above sea level, the dainty bridge winds over the Ba Na hills and is held up by two giant stone-coloured hands. Pedestrians can now walk along the 150m bridge, which took less than a year to build.
2. High Trestle Trail, USA
The High Trestle Trail is a 25 mile trail running route through five towns and four counties in Iowa. The highlight is this bridge across Des Moines River.
Opened in 2011, by day it’s a striking structure of 41 steel frames made to look like you’re looking through a mine shaft – a nod to Iowa’s mining history. By night, it looks completely different as the 40m high bridge is lit up in striking blue electric lights.
3. Chengyang Bridge, China
The Chengyang Bridge is found in Guangxi, China, and is an iconic demonstration of Dong architecture. It’s the most famous example of a wind and rain bridge – the inbuilt pavilions offer locals shelter from both elements. Bridges are normally places to cross, but these kinds of structures are traditionally places to meet, relax and spend some time.
Made of wood and stone, it stretches across the Linxi River. No nails have been used in this feat of engineering, but rather the bridge has special groove joints to hold itself together.
4. Helix Bridge, Singapore
Opened in 2010, this pedestrian footpath can be found in the Marina Bay area of Singapore. The double-helix design was inspired by the structure of DNA – in fact, pairs of the letters C and G, as well as A and T, are lit up over the bridge to represent the four bases of DNA.
Considering the climate of Singapore, inner spirals have been built into the bridge to give people shade from the hot sun. At night it becomes even more Instagrammable thanks to the LED lights across the structure.
5. U Bein Bridge, Burma
Built around 1850, the U Bein Bridge is thought to be the world’s longest and oldest teak footbridge. It curves around Taungthaman Lake in Mandalay for 1,200m. In the summer months the lake basically dries up and the bridge feels like it’s very high, but during monsoon season the waters can often flood over the top of the wooden slats.
There’s no disputing the best time to head to the bridge – at sunset the light will glisten over the water, and you’ll be able to see the silhouettes of the monks walking along the pathway.
6. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
When you can’t be bothered to trek through thick jungle, what you need is a treetop bridge.
One of the best things about the Langkawi Sky Bridge is how it’s curved – the design means that you never know when the end is in sight and often your view forward stretches out into the jungle. At 125 metres in length, it is one of the world’s longest curve suspension bridges and was so hard to install that each different part had to be lifted to the top of the mountain by helicopter before it was put together.
7. Moses Bridge, The Netherlands
Whilst most bridges go over water, the Moses Bridge cuts straight through it. Made of waterproof wood, it parts the water – hence its biblical name.
Designed to blend into the landscape, it’s also a bit of an optical illusion, because you can’t see it from far away. And thanks to a pump controlling the water level, the bridge is designed to stay dry all the time.
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