Today we have the pleasure to show “The Most Beautiful and Unique Bridges in The World” some of the most beautiful bridges in the world. Bridges are described as a structure built to span and provide passage over physical obstacles such as a road, valley or body of water. Of course, the final design of the bridge varies in accordance with its function and the nature of the surrounding terrain, with some of the earliest bridges comprising stones or simple logs in a river. However, today, not only do some bridges serve their purpose, but they also comprise authentic works of art or structures of physical beauty which transform their surroundings or successfully blend in with nature. Here are some examples of the world’s most beautiful and unique bridges.
This impressive bridge, located in the 200-acre gothic style Kromlauer Park in Kromlau, was built around 1860. It is called the ” Rakotzbrücke” but is more popularly known as the “Devil’s Bridge” and consists of an arch bridge made entirely of Basalt stone also used to build various other features in the park. It is no longer open to the public to ensure its preservation, however, with the reflection on the water’s surface creating a flawless circle, it is certainly very beautiful.
In the tiny village of Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on earth, the bridges are not built but grown. These living bridges make use of the roots of the native Ficus elastica tree (rubber tree). They are tamed to grow in a certain direction, a trick learned by the local War-Khasis tribe a long time ago, and whilst they can “grow” over a hundred feet long they take from ten to fifteen years to become fully functional.
The Henderson Waves Bridge stands 36 meters above Henderson Road in Singapore and connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. The stunning wave-like structure, comprising a series of undulating curved steel ribs with thousands of yellow balls wood slats, is what makes this pedestrian bridge so unique. These curved ribs form alcoves providing shelter for the public. At night, the Henderson Waves Bridge beautifully illuminated with LED lights.
Singapore is also home to the Helix Bridge comprising a pedestrian bridge crossing Singapore River and connecting Marina Centre with Marina South in the Marina Bay. If features a double helix structure modeled on DNA, the first of its kind in the world. These two opposing spiral steel members are accompanied by canopies consisting of fritted-glass and perforated steel mesh which are incorporated along parts of the inner spiral to provide shelter and seating for pedestrians that is why it belong to the list of beautiful and unique bridges.
As the name indicates, not only does this bridge provide passage across the Mur River in Graz, Austria, it also features a trendy bar, sunbathing area, coffee bar, open-air theater and children’s play area right in the center. Built in 2003, it was designed by New York artist Vito Acconci who created a structure with an organically curved façade featuring triangular facets of either Nirosta steel panels or flat glass panels.
Banpo Bridge, also known as the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, spans the Han River in Seoul connecting the Seocho and Yongsan districts. It was built as part of a project to revive and allure tourists to the area. What makes the Banpo Bridge so unique is that it was actually built on top of the existing Jamsu Bridge to form part of a double-decker bridge. Later 380 LED nozzles, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute, were added on either side.
The Langkawi Sky Bridge comprises a curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge located at the peak of Gunung Chinchang mountain on Pulau Langkawi Island, forming part of the Langkawi archipelago in Malaysia. It is accessed by the Langkawi cable car, starting at the Oriental Village located at the foot of the mountain, which climbs to the bridge hanging approximately 100 meters above ground.
The Kintai Bridge comprises a wooden arch bridge located in the city of Iwakuni, Japan. It spans the Nishiki River and what makes it so unique is that comprises a series of five graceful wooden arch bridges built in 1673. It lies at the foot of Mount Yokoyama, home to Iwakuni Castle gracing the top, and is a popular tourist attraction especially during Cherry Blossom festival in autumn and spring.
Finally, the Peace Bridge in Calgary comprises a unique pedestrian bridge that spans the Bow River in Calgary, Canada. It was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and takes the form of a helical steel structure with a glass roof. In addition, it features red and white colors to represent the flag of Canada and the flag of Calgary. The Peace Bridge cost a whopping $24.5 million provided by the government and lottery funding.
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