The purpose of bridges is to facilitate transit in places where there are physical obstacles such as bodies of water, rivers, valleys, and so on. Their designs can be very varied, depending on their function and the nature of the terrain where they are constructed. And sometimes their shapes are really amazing.
There are bridges designed with such amazing concepts that it is almost worth making a trip just to get to know them. Of course, you cannot miss visiting them if you are in the area.
6 fantastic bridges
Here are six wonderful examples of how design and functionality can result in amazing structures.
1. Henderson Waves, Singapore
In Singapore we find the Henderson Waves, a pedestrian bridge that has a wavy shape. It has a length of 274 meters and is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore.
It is made of thousands of Balau wood slats, perfectly placed along the surface, together with the wavy forms of steel that give it its characteristic shape.
2. Millau Bridge, France
Located in the Tarn valley in the south of France, it has a total length of 2,460 meters and a maximum height of 343 meters. Crossing it will give you a sensation similar to flying.
The road is supported on 7 pillars and weighs 36,000 tons. Above each pillar is a mast of almost 90 meters high and weighing 700 tons.
This spectacular bridge will give you magnificent views of the Tarn valley, but when the fog descends you seem to be in the air.
3. Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado
If you prefer the best scenery, the Royal Gorge Bridge over the Arkansas River will give you breathtaking views.
The Royal Gorge Bridge is a tourist attraction near Cañon City, Colorado, in the middle of a nature park. It is the tallest bridge in the world, which is built higher off the ground, with its 321 meters high from the board to the Arkansas River.
Do you want more data? It is 384 meters long, 5 meters wide and 268 meters high. The towers that support it measure 46 meters, the road is made of wood and only the pedestrian crossing and service vehicles are allowed.
4. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia
Located on the island of Langkawi , this impressive bridge is only 125 meters high , but considering the parameter in relation to sea level, it reaches up to 700 meters.
One of its most surprising aspects is that it is fixed only in a column, with a stabilization design based on a system of cables that are installed in the nearby rocks.
From the bridge you get magnificent views of the stunning mountains, the jungle, the Andaman Sea and the surrounding islands.
5. Aiola Island Bridge, Austria
Located between the two banks of the River Mur, in the Austrian town of Graz, it has an incredible appearance. It is not only a bridge, it is also an island right in the middle of the river, hence its official name of “Aiola Island”.
On the island there is a bar and a recreation area for those who wish to enjoy the sun in the heart of the river. At night the island is beautifully lit, creating a unique atmosphere that is worth admiring.
6. Helix Bridge, Singapore
Again Singapore stands out with its impressive pedestrian bridges. The Helix is 280 meters long and is carefully designed to provide shade and shelter from the direct sun as well as protection against heavy rains.
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Inspired by the shape of a curved DNA, t- iene two structures with forms of soft helices coacting as a tubular strength to withstand the design loads. The tubes only touch one another in a particular position, under the deck of the bridge.
In its four strategically located gazebos, you can get a breathtaking view of Singapore. In addition, the bridge serves as a gallery where you can admire works by different artists.
Here is a list of the 6 most impressive bridges in the world. Walking through these structures you will enjoy beautiful views and the most incredible sensations. These impressive engineering works are well worth a visit.