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58 Beautifully Extravagant Bridges

From Sky Bridge Transport Hubs to Fire-Breathing Bridges

— October 17, 2013 — Art & Design
While overpasses and walkways are ideally built to get commuters from one end to another, these beautifully extravagant bridges are showcasing how architects are turning these structures into unique pieces of art.

Since bridges often span over large distances or even bodies of water, what better outlet to showcase one's artistic influences than through these practical structures? That's why bridges and overpasses often feature artistic designs and extravagant shapes as a way to boldly showcase an architect's talent and inspirations. From bridge designs that resemble fire-breathing dragons to sharply angled overpasses and helix designs, these beautifully extravagant bridges will definitely have commuters gawking at the magnificent sight of these structures.

Sure to turn an ordinary driving or walking experience into a magical adventure, these extravagant bridges are showcasing how architectural design amazingly has no bounds.
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Looping Pedestrian Overpasses
Looping Pedestrian Overpasses
Festina Lente Bridge is Inspired by Secularity and Spirituality
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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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Roundabout Cyclist Overpasses
Roundabout Cyclist Overpasses
The Hovenring Bridge by IPV Delft Helps Reduce Traffic in Eindhoven
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Crowd-Funded Footbridges
Crowd-Funded Footbridges
'I Make Rotterdam' Uses Donations to Determine Luchtsingel's Length
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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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Escher-Esque Overpasses
Escher-Esque Overpasses
The Mind-Boggling Footstep Bridge Meanders Across Roads and Rivers
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Elaborate Laser-Cut Bridges
Elaborate Laser-Cut Bridges
The Pleated Perforated Bridge Manipulates Material to Span a River
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51
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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Bosnian Looping Bridges
Bosnian Looping Bridges
This Pipe Bridge Was Designed by Three Bosnian Design Students
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Glowing Green Bridges
Glowing Green Bridges
A Gridded Walkway by Jacques Ferrier Architects
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Peculiar Puckered Pedestrian Crossings
Peculiar Puckered Pedestrian Crossings
The ArxipelagA Bridge Approaches Passing Rivers Creatively
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Cris-Crossing Overpasses
Cris-Crossing Overpasses
The Melkwegbridge by NEXT Architects Addresses Two Traffic Needs
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Illuminated Structure Captures
Illuminated Structure Captures
This Collection of Bridges at Night by Cuded is Marvelous
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Aquatic Condo Connectors
Aquatic Condo Connectors
The Bishan Central Condominium Project Features a Swimmable Sky Bridge
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Breathtaking Bridgetography
Breathtaking Bridgetography
'Suir Bridge' by Paddy McGrath is a Gorgeous Yet Surreal Shoot
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42
Crafted Paper Bridges
Crafted Paper Bridges
Shigeru Ban Built a River-Spanning Bridge Out of 281 Cardboard Tubes
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Colorfully Illuminated Overpasses
Colorfully Illuminated Overpasses
The Rainbow Bridge Glows Whimsically in the Night
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40
Red Ribboned Bridges
Red Ribboned Bridges
Pedestrian Footbridge by Bernard Tschumi and Hugh Dutton Associes
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39
Handshake-Inspired Bridges
Handshake-Inspired Bridges
The 'LM Project' in Denmark
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Electric Pedestrian Overpasses
Electric Pedestrian Overpasses
The DSSH Bridge is Sustainable, Dynamic and Visually Impressive
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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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35
Swirling Spiral Overpasses
Swirling Spiral Overpasses
The 'Amsterdam bridge V' Produces Its Own Energy
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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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Blue-Lit Bridges
Blue-Lit Bridges
The Infinity Bridge Lighting by Speirs and Major Associates
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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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Water-Entrenched Walkways
Water-Entrenched Walkways
The Fort de Roovere Trench Lets You Walk Without Getting Wet
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LED Architecture
LED Architecture
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Living Bridges
Living Bridges
Cherrapunji's Root Passageways Prove Eco Design Isn't New
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Red Helix Overpasses
Red Helix Overpasses
The Santiago Calatrava 'Peace Bridge' is Twistingly Sculptural
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Toy-Inspired Overpasses
Toy-Inspired Overpasses
The Slinky Springs Bridge is Colorful and Fun
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25
Extreme Green Overpasses
Extreme Green Overpasses
William Badrick's Green Roof Bridge for Columbia River Crossing
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Turbine-Covered Bridges
Turbine-Covered Bridges
The Solar Wind Concept Hopes to Modernize an Old Italian Highway
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Animal Overpasses
Animal Overpasses
The Wildlife Bridge Protects Woodland Creatures from Becoming Roadkill
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22
Giant Loop Overpasses
Giant Loop Overpasses
The Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge is Twisted
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Sinuous River Viaducts
Sinuous River Viaducts
The Chongqing Eco-Bridge Translates Natural Beauty into Industrial
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Zig-Zagging Bridges
Zig-Zagging Bridges
The Trestles Beach Footbridge Takes Surfers to the Surf
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Sharp Harp Overpasses
Sharp Harp Overpasses
The Infinity Loop Bridge Celebrates the Potential of Man and Nature
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Inflated Trampoline Overpasses
Inflated Trampoline Overpasses
The Bridge in Paris by AZC Would Have People Jumping Across Rivers
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Sculptural Pavilion Overpasses
Sculptural Pavilion Overpasses
The Lens Bridge Offers Exciting Entertainment
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Undulating Double-Layer Bridges
Undulating Double-Layer Bridges
The WXY Nanhe River Landscape Bridge is a Functional Work of Art
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Swirling Pedestrian Overpasses
Swirling Pedestrian Overpasses
The High Trestle Trail Bridge Presents Swirling Steel Pieces
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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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Criss-Crossing Footbridges
Criss-Crossing Footbridges
The Nanhe River Landscape Bridge is a Wonderfully Creative Walkway
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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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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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Bridging Eco Condominiums
Bridging Eco Condominiums
Off Architecture Solar Park South Wins for Green Infrastructure
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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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