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65 Bold Bridge Designs

From Constantly Curved Bridges to Traffic-Slowing Structures

— March 18, 2014 — Eco
Developments in modern architecture have led to some forward-thinking bridge designs in every shape and size. From curved constructions to others inspired by insects, architects are turning to a number of sources for their next big feat in building redesign.

The Olhafen Bridge for example was designed with pedestrian safety in mind. Its modern look encourages users to stick to the main path and avoid deviating too far from the cemented area. Oil tanks stand nearby, which was why safety was such an important part of this project. Another slightly more costly design is the Dragon Bridge located in Da Nang, Vietnam, which boasts fire at various intervals. At a cost of $85 million for the bridge designs, it better belch fire considering the expense!
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Boldly Aerodynamic Bridges
Boldly Aerodynamic Bridges
Doha's Sharq Crossing will Help to Cure the City's Traffic Flow Issues
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Fire-Breathing Bridges
Fire-Breathing Bridges
This $85 Million Dragon Bridge in Vietnam Lights Up and Breathes Fire
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Airy Cloud-Inspired Bridges
Airy Cloud-Inspired Bridges
The Concept Cloudbridge by A>T Floats Between Mountains
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Illuminated Ephemeral Bridges
Illuminated Ephemeral Bridges
The Sölvesborg Bridge Uses Lights to Show Off its Dramatic Arch
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Roundabout Cyclist Overpasses
Roundabout Cyclist Overpasses
The Hovenring Bridge by IPV Delft Helps Reduce Traffic in Eindhoven
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Nature-Inspired Bridge Designs
Nature-Inspired Bridge Designs
This Twig Bridge Draws Inspiration from Nature for Its Design
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Winterized Pedestrian Bridges
Winterized Pedestrian Bridges
Tullhus Bridge is Heated to Prevent a Dangerous Iced-Over Conditions
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Vermin Viaducts
Vermin Viaducts
European Cities Build Bridges for Mice at the Cost of Over $290,000
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Bold Currency-Imitating Architecture
Bold Currency-Imitating Architecture
Robin Stam Builds Real Versions of the Bridges on the Euro
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Transparent Urban Elevators
Transparent Urban Elevators
The Urban Elevator by Ah Asociados Brings People Together
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Futuristic Pivoting Footbridges
Futuristic Pivoting Footbridges
The Scale Lane Bridge Moves Out of the Way for Boats
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Water-Cleaning Biker Bridges
Water-Cleaning Biker Bridges
Margot Krasojevic Footbridge Aims to Clean Amsterdam's Dirty Canals
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Visitor-Controlled Light Bridges
Visitor-Controlled Light Bridges
Vivid Sydney's 2013 Centerpiece is an Interactive Light-Up Bridge
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Constantly Curved Bridges
Constantly Curved Bridges
The Olhafen Bridge by 'schneider+schumacher' Avoids Straight Lines
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World's Longest Arch Bridge
World's Longest Arch Bridge
667 Meter Bridge in Dubai
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Butter-Covered Bridges
Butter-Covered Bridges
Guangzhou Turns Fatty Food Into Life-Saver by Slipping Up Suicide Attempts
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Multi-Colored Stringed Bridges
Multi-Colored Stringed Bridges
HOTTEA Created a Gorgeous and Colorful Threaded Canopy
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Glowing Green Bridges
Glowing Green Bridges
A Gridded Walkway by Jacques Ferrier Architects
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Japanese Fan-Like Bridges
Japanese Fan-Like Bridges
Difficult Design for a UK Walkway is Inspired by Asian Culture
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Deceptive Bridge Designs
Deceptive Bridge Designs
The NEXT Architects Möbius Strip Bridge Can't Be Crossed
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Sundial Bridge
Sundial Bridge
Art Meets Architecture
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Aquatic Condo Connectors
Aquatic Condo Connectors
The Bishan Central Condominium Project Features a Swimmable Sky Bridge
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Crafted Paper Bridges
Crafted Paper Bridges
Shigeru Ban Built a River-Spanning Bridge Out of 281 Cardboard Tubes
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Portable Bridges
Portable Bridges
Bruggenhoofd Chabot Allows Passage Over a Hedge
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Spiraling Pedestrian Paths
Spiraling Pedestrian Paths
The Arganzuela Footbridge Has a Sculptural Presence
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Red Ribboned Bridges
Red Ribboned Bridges
Pedestrian Footbridge by Bernard Tschumi and Hugh Dutton Associes
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Handshake-Inspired Bridges
Handshake-Inspired Bridges
The 'LM Project' in Denmark
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Futuristic Flora Bridges
Futuristic Flora Bridges
The Urban Reforestation Project Aims to Make Kuala Lumpur Greener
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Wave-Riding Bridges
Wave-Riding Bridges
Drifting Horizons is Sensitive to the Stir of the River Thames
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Boatlike Bridges
Boatlike Bridges
Brisbane's Shipshape Tank Street Structure
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Triple Pathway Bridges
Triple Pathway Bridges
Progettospore Design Offers a Twisted Pedestrian Pathway in Italy
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Mini-City Bridges
Mini-City Bridges
The Paik Nam June Media Bridge is a Self-Sufficient Mega-Structure
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Traffic-Slowing Structures
Traffic-Slowing Structures
Twelve Bridges Designed by Drost and Van Veen Architects
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Water-Entrenched Walkways
Water-Entrenched Walkways
The Fort de Roovere Trench Lets You Walk Without Getting Wet
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Cardboard Bridges
Cardboard Bridges
Japanese Architect's Eco-Friendly Bridge in France
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LED Architecture
LED Architecture
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Beachfront Bridge Abodes
Beachfront Bridge Abodes
Bknr Arquitectura is Set to Construct a Habitable Bridge in Acapulco
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Living Bridges
Living Bridges
Cherrapunji's Root Passageways Prove Eco Design Isn't New
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Overgrown Overpass Landscapes
Overgrown Overpass Landscapes
The Thames Garden Bridge Adds Greenery to the London Cityscape
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Animal Overpasses
Animal Overpasses
The Wildlife Bridge Protects Woodland Creatures from Becoming Roadkill
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Car-Powered Bridges
Car-Powered Bridges
The Cross-Wind Bridge Creates Power from Auto Speeds Below
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Bridging River Retreats
Bridging River Retreats
The Colorado River Bridge Hotel Also Doubles as a Footbridge
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DNA Bridge Designs
DNA Bridge Designs
Singapore Unveils Its Double Helix Bridge
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Floating English Footbridges
Floating English Footbridges
‘High Tide Street' from James Gardener is a Cultural Hub
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Giant LEGO Bridges
Giant LEGO Bridges
Australian Team Create 46-Foot Freestanding Bridge
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Sinuous River Viaducts
Sinuous River Viaducts
The Chongqing Eco-Bridge Translates Natural Beauty into Industrial
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Bridge Homes
Bridge Homes
Stanley Saitowitz Creates a Ravine-Crossing Abode
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Revolutionary Water Roads
Revolutionary Water Roads
Falkirk Wheel Bridges Gap From Edinburgh to Glasgow
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Sculptural Pavilion Overpasses
Sculptural Pavilion Overpasses
The Lens Bridge Offers Exciting Entertainment
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Sustainable Shipping Container Bridges
Sustainable Shipping Container Bridges
This Eco-Friendly Bridge is Also a Hot Spot for Tourists
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Sky Bridge Transport Hubs
Sky Bridge Transport Hubs
The Rostov-on-Don Airport is a Contemporary Monument to World Travel
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Suspended Bridge Neighborhoods
Suspended Bridge Neighborhoods
San Francisco Toys With Numerous Bay Bridge Options
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Glowing Squiggle Bridges
Glowing Squiggle Bridges
The Pedestrian Walkway in Telok Blangah Hill Park in Singapore
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Red Winding Walkways
Red Winding Walkways
West 8 Architects' Twist Bridge Inspires Imagination in a Functional Way
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Fantasy Bridges
Fantasy Bridges
OFF Architecture's Surreal Entry for Bering Strait Connection
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Wavy River Walkways
Wavy River Walkways
The Maribor Footbridge by Ja Studio & Tadj-Farzin Studio
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Rollercoaster Architecture
Rollercoaster Architecture
The Escalator in the Umeda Sky Building Looks Like a Space RIde
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Modern Rope Bridges
Modern Rope Bridges
Pedestrian Bridge Helps Chileans Cross the Highway
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Water-Filtering Bridges
Water-Filtering Bridges
China's Miyi Tower Will Clean River Below, Foster Cultural Arts Above
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Bridges as Architectural Wonders
Bridges as Architectural Wonders
9 Global Connectors
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Skybridge Buildings
Skybridge Buildings
Steven Holl Architects' Mixed Used Complex Connects in Every Way
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Overgrown Pedestrian Overpasses
Overgrown Pedestrian Overpasses
Issy les Moulineaux Promenade is a Natural Connection in Paris
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Abridged Abodes
Abridged Abodes
Bridge Homes, Like those by H3ar, Let You Live on the Water
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Modern Chinese Water Walkways
Modern Chinese Water Walkways
L & A Design Group's Footbridge Features an Artificial Island
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Insect-Inspired Architecture
Insect-Inspired Architecture
The Taipei Cicada Pop Music Center Mixes Bold Forms with Pop Culture
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