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West 8 Architects' Twist Bridge Inspires Imagination in a Functional Way

By: Meghan Young - Published: • References: west8.nl and mymodernmet
Overpasses and walkways may be necessary to encourage and accommodate growing foot traffic, but the Twist Bridge shows that designers should focus as much on form as they do on function. As part of a city's landscape for years to come, bridges like the Twist Bridge can bring a unique point of interest, resulting in pride and even awe.

Designed by West 8 Architects and engineered by ABT, the Twist Bridge does both. It uses a simple optical illusion to create a warped walkway that plays with people's minds. Connecting the Holy-Zuid district with the Broekpolder district over the Vlaardingse Vaart river in The Netherlands, the Twist Bridge was constructed out of 400 steel tubes. Visually striking, the design inspires imagination each time a person crosses it.