7 Modern Bridge Designs

Feb 25, 2010 by     Comments Off    Posted under: Outdoors

Bridge is something essential in our daily traffics and decently designed bridge can also turn into a landmark. With the development of technology, some impossible bridges are built and functionality is not the only key in modern bridge design. Designer put more and more emphasis on the appearance and material. Moreover, for those built bridge, people are trying their best to give it a new looking. In this post, we will present you with 7 modern and unusual bridge designs collected from the world. Hope you enjoy.

1. Aiola Island Bridge, Graz, Austria [link]

The ‘island’ was created by the New York artist Vito Acconci. It has a sunbathing area, a trendy bar and a coffee house, plus it allows you to cross the Mur River from one shore to another.

Aiola Island Bridge, Graz, Austria

2. Banpo Fountain Bridge, korea [link]

Just a twist of design, a splattering of paint, a cheeky addition to something old can make it look brightly cheerful and attractive to the eyes again. The Banpo Bridge which crosses over the Han River in the Seoul capital of Korea has been given new life with the addition of a very interesting fountain, that was specially designed to attract more tourists. Instead of remodeling this huge structure to fit it with the usual design of a fountain, even that has been give some change,with the fountain shooting water downwards instead of up.

Banpo Fountain Bridge, korea

3. Lions Gate Bridge, Canada [link]

The Lions Gate Bridge, officially known as the First Narrows Bridge, is a suspension bridge that crosses the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the North Shore municipalities of the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver. The term “Lions Gate” reflects the Lions, a pair of mountain peaks north of Vancouver.

Lions Gate Bridge, Canada

4. Butterfly Bridge, Bedford, UK [link]

The bridge, at 32m in span, has twin steel arches which are inclined like butterfly wings to produce a feeling of containment on the deck and, simultaneously, an openness to the sky. The deck extends onto the landscaped banks at each end to engage with the open space around the bridge and enable step-free access, with longitudinal deck lighting concealed at kicker level within the parapets. The bridge is designed to create an inviting spectator platform and informal ‘grandstand’ during Bedford’s annual regatta.

Butterfly Bridge, Bedford, UK

5. Broadway Bridge (Saskatoon, Canada) [link]

Broadway Bridge is an arch bridge that spans across the west and east banks of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. It was built in 1932 at the time of depression and was a project to help keep the many unemployed workers still working a bit. In my opinion this bridge itself is a work of art and is a must see if ever in the area.

Broadway Bridge (Saskatoon, Canada)

6. Rolling Bridge, Paddington Basin in London [link]

The Rolling Bridge, was created by Thomas Heatherwick. It is twelve meters long and opens every Friday at noon. Rather than a conventional opening bridge mechanism, consisting of a single rigid element that lifts to let boats pass, the Rolling Bridge gets out of the way by curling up until its two ends touch.

Rolling Bridge, Paddington Basin in London

7. Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Gateshead, UK [link]

The bridge is essentially two graceful curves, one forming the deck and the other supporting it, spanning between two new islands running parallel to the quaysides. These pivot around their common springing points to allow shipping to pass beneath, using an innovative rotational movement similar to that of a slowly opening eyelid. The parabolic curves of the deck extend the 105m crossing distance to around 120m, giving enough extra length to provide the required clearance above the water. Visually elegant when static and in motion, the bridge offers a great spectacle during its opening operation – both during the day and by night.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Gateshead, UK

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