Architect Rafael Viñoly recently completed a ring-shaped bridge that stretches a across a lagoon. The bridge is not only an architectural marvel, but it also serves a functional purpose.
The Laguna Garzon Bridge was designed by Viñoly to replace an inefficient raft crossing that connected the Uruguayan cities of Maldonado and Rocha. The bridge itself sits on a series of cylindrical piles that raise it up above the water. The roadway provides a crossing for cars traveling between the cities, while the twin walkways provide a safe place for pedestrians to cross. While the design of the bridge is breathtaking, it also helps to slow the speed of the cars that are travelling across the lagoon.
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