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Some of the world's most remarkable infrastructure projects are bridges. Besides being vital transportation links, these bridges are architectural marvels.

1. Rolling Bridge (United Kingdom)

The Rolling Bridge is a type of curling movable bridge completed in 2004 as part of the Grand Union Canal office and retail development project at Paddington Basin, London.

The Rolling Bridge was conceived by British designer Thomas Heatherwick, designed by SKM Anthony Hunt with Packman Lucas, and built by Littlehampton Welding.

It is twelve meters long and opens every Friday at noon. The Rolling Bridge lets boats pass by curling up until its two ends touch.


Rolling Bridge

 

 

2. The Neal Bridge

The Neal Bridge located in Pittsfield, Maine, completed in Novemeber 2008, is designed and built using structural composite materials and techniques.

The Neal Bridge

3. Henderson Waves

The Henderson Waves is Singapore's tallest pedestrian bridge connecting Mount Faber Park with Telok Blangah Hill Park. It stands tall at a height of 118-feet.

Henderson Waves

4. Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Brazil

Completed in 2002, this asymmetrical bridge is built across the Lake Paranoa in Brasilia.

Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge, Brazil

 

5. Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, Brazil

The Octavio Frias de Oliveira bridge is a cable-stayed bridge in Sao Paulo, Brazil over the Pinheiros River.

Opened in May 2008, the bridge is 453 ft tall. The bridge deck is unusual as it forms a 'X', crossing at the tower.

It is the only bridge in the world that has two curved tracks supported by a single concrete mast.

Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, Brazil

 

 

6. Millau Viaduct, France

Opened in 2004, Norman Foster designed this huge cable-stayed bridge to carry travellers across the valley of the Tarn River in Millau, Southern France.

Millau Viaduct, France

 

 

7. Pont Gustave-Flaubert Bridge, France

This bridge crosses the Seine, a commercial waterway in France. With pylons at a height of 282 feet, the Pont Gustave-Flaubert is Europe's tallest lift bridge.

Pont Gustave-Flaubert Bridge

 

 

8. Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia

This curved pedestrian bridge is 2000-feet above sea level at the top of Mount Mat Cincang in Malaysia. A cable car takes tourists to the 400-feet long structure.

Langkawi Sky Bridge, Malaysia

 

 

9. Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China

The Hangzhou Bay Bridge, the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world opened in May 2008.

It is 36 kilometres long and reduces the distance between Shanghai and Ningbo by 120 km.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge, China

 

 

10. Oresund Bridge, Denmark and Sweden

The Oresund Bridge crosses the Oresund strait and joins Sweden with Denmark.

The bridge connects Sweden and Denmark, and it is the longest road and rail bridge in Europe stretching across a distance of length of 4.8 miles.

Oresund Bridge, Denmark and Sweden

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resvy

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Awesome, seriously awesome.Great presentation.Thanks for sharing.It is very useful.

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jimken

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Thanks for your read and nice reply.


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emma-lou

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Wow, amazing post! I hadn't heard about any of these bridges before. Haha the curling one's pretty cool! I think my favourites are the Langkawi Sky Bridge in Malaysia and the Millau Viaduct in France as both seem to have amazing panoramic views.. they're added to my places to travel list.. and if I never get there atleast I saw some great pics, thanks Jimken! ;)


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jimken

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If you are planning to visit dont be get late.


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kayel

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Wow...they're amazing, it's hard to believe they're real. The Henderson Waves looks beautiful, but they're all pretty amazing!!


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Jana75

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Thanks for all these cool pictures, these bridges are really amazing!


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Hello,

Here are 10 amazing bridges:

1.Khaju Bridge

2.Pont du Gard

3.Iron Bridge

4. Covered Bridges

5.The Wind and Rain Bridge

6.Brooklyn Bridge

7.Tower Bridge

8.Golden Gate Bridge


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Great architectural wonders! 


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Add this in the list cool4

Ponte Vecchio: Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio

Nanpu Bridge: Shanghai, China

Nanpu Bridge Shanghai


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Thanks for the update Dreambeach.bigtup


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1. Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco, United States Golden Gate Bridge San FranciscoA-list celebrity in the bridge world. Now 75 years old, San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is arguably the most recognizable bridge in the world. While some may not be inspired by the industrial age suspension bridge design, it is undeniable that the San Francisco we know today would not be the same without its skyline being graced by this beauty. 2. Sydney Harbour Bridge: Sydney, Australia Sydney Harbor BridgeGood to look at, better to climb. Nicknamed "The Coat Hanger" by Sydney locals because of its arch-based design, the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened in 1932 and is a focal point of Aussie pride and celebrations. For aspiring bridge climbers, BridgeClimb offers people just that. Every year for New Year's Eve the bridge itself is used to complement fireworks displays creating various effects like smiley faces and a disco ball. 3. Ponte Vecchio: Florence, Italy Ponte VecchioAncient Italy today. A Medieval bridge over the Arno River, the Ponte Vecchio is mainly known for its shops of jewelers, art dealers and souvenir sellers and for being Europe's oldest stone, closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge. Regardless, the Ponte Vecchio Brige is gorgeous and has a rich history dating back to the time of the Romans. During World War II the bridge was not destroyed by the Nazis -- unlike many other bridges in Europe -- under an express order from Adolf Hitler. 4. Brooklyn Bridge: New York City, United States Brooklyn BridgeBagels, bars and Brooklyn Bridge: A New York trifecta. Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States. A National Historic Landmark, the Brooklyn Bridge is an iconic feature of New York. 5. Gateshead Millennium Bridge: Gateshead, England Gatshead Bridge EnglandTrying to make up for north England's weather. The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is the world's first and currently only tilting bridge. But the most amazing thing about this pedestrian and biker crossing of the Tyne River is that it appears as if an eye is winking whenever it is raised and lowered. Its innovative and unique design has won loads of awards since Queen Elizabeth officially opened it in 2002. It was lowered into place by Europe's largest floating crane -- Asian Hercules II. 6. Tsing Ma Bridge: Hong Kong, China Tsing Ma BridgeShortcut to a dim sum lunch. Hong Kong's Tsing Ma Bridge is the largest suspension bridge in the world to feature two decks and carry both road and rail traffic. Not only that, but it was subjected to some serious wind tunnel testing as Hong Kong is subject to some powerful typhoons on a yearly basis. After costing HK$7.2 billion (US$920 million), the Tsing Ma Bridge opened in 1997. There are no walkways on the bridge and it features sheltered carriageways on the lower deck when very strong winds prove to be too much for vehicles to safely handle. 7. Akashi-Kaikyō or Pearl Bridge: Kobe-Naruto, Japan Pearl Bridge JapanTwo kilometers of Japanese efficiency. The Pearl Bridge currently holds the title of "World's Longest Suspension Bridge" with a span of 1,991 meters. The second longest is China's Xihoumen Bridge. A modern engineering feat, the Pearl Bridge has remained the world's longest since 1998. The Pearl Bridge stood a true test of strength even before it opened when it survived the Kobe Earthquake on January 17, 1995. 8. Hangzhou Bay Bridge: Zhejiang, China Hangzhou BridgeThirty-five kilometers long, each one impressive. Connecting the Chinese municipalities of Jiaxing and Ningbo in Zhejiang province, the 35-kilometer-long Hangzhou Bay Bridge is the longest trans-oceanic bridge in the world. More than 600 experts spent nine years designing the Hangzhou Bay Bridge. 9. Nanpu Bridge: Shanghai, China Nanpu Bridge ShanghaiNot "Bladerunner," but still as memorable. Known for its funky and innovative spiral approach, Shanghai's Nanpu Bridge designers came up with the novel idea to save space. When you can't build out, build up. 10. Tower Bridge: London, England Tower Bridge LondonLondon's connection to the 19th century. A combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, England, spanning the River Thames, the Tower Bridge was opened on June 30, 1894 by The Prince of Wales. It is among the top iconic landmarks in a city filled with iconic landmarks. One of the final scenes of the Hollywood blockbuster "Sherlock Holmes" is played out on the bridge in the movie's climax. 11. Pont du Gard Aqueduct: Gard, France Pont du GardShowing why Rome wasn't built in a day. No bridge list is complete without at least one aqueduct constructed by the Roman Empire. Pont du Gard is believed to have been built between 19 BC and 150 AD. It was constructed entirely without the use of mortar and the aqueduct's stones -- weighing up to six tons -- were precisely cut to fit perfectly together eliminating the need for mortar. 12. Royal Gorge Bridge: Canon City, Colorado, United States Royal Gorge Bridge ColoradoIndiana Jones' favorite place to hang out. The Royal Gorge Bridge is the world's highest suspension bridge at 359 meters above Arkansas River. Not surprisingly, it attracts a lot of jumpers. But they all pack parachutes. 13. Sri Wawasan Bridge: Putrajaya, Malaysia Don't be dazzled -- watch the road. An absolutely gorgeous bridge design. This one gets in on beauty points alone. 14. Lupu Bridge: Shanghai, China lupu bridge shanghaiThe world's longest steel-arch bridge. Lupu Bridge in Shanghai gets a spot on this list because at 3,900 meters it is the world's longest steel-arch bridge, and it also provides an amazing vantage point overlooking the old 2010 Shanghai World Expo site. 15. Millau Viaduct: Tran Valley, France Visually clinical, yet appealing. The world's highest vehicular bridge, the Millau Viaduct traverses land not water, though when the fog rolls in, crossing the Millau can feel like crossing the sky. The bridge's construction set three world records. 16. Vasco da Gama Bridge: Lisbon, Portugal Vasco Da Gama bridgeDifficult to take a bad photo here. The Vasco da Gama spans the Tagus River near Lisbon, capital of Portugal and was built to ease traffic congestion and provide easier access to the 1998 World Fair along the banks of the Tagus. It isn't the longest, it isn't the tallest, but it sure is pretty. 17. Khaju Bridge: Isfahan, Iran Khaju BridgeWalks don't come more romantic than this. Remarkable views, a useful design that regulates the flow of the river and it has lasted (built around 1650.) The Khaju Bridge should be on any bridge fanatic's must-see list. 18. The Wind and Rain Bridge: Sanjian County, China Yongji BridgeArt as engineering. The Wind and Rain Bridge on the Linxi River of Sanjiang County is gorgeous. Built in 1916 to resemble a rainbow, the builders used no nails or rivets but instead dovetailed thousands of pieces of wood. 19. Sunniberg Bridge: Klosters, Switzerland SunnibergbrueckeAlmost as beautiful as the surrounding landscape. The Sunniberg Bridge was built in 1998 and won the Outstanding Structure Award in 2001 for its "aesthetically pleasing appearance and innovative design." 20. Stari Most: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina Sari Most BridgeProving big is not always best. A 16th-century bridge in the city of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Sari crosses the river Neretva. The bridge stood for 427 years until it was destroyed in the Bosnian war in 1993. It was later rebuilt and re-opened in 2004. It is traditional for the young men of the town to leap from the bridge into the Neretva. 21. Széchenyi Chain Bridge: Budapest, Hungary Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Budapest, Hungary)Good to look at, great for stunts. The Széchenyi Chain Bridge has loads of character. Opened in 1849, it truly put the "Buda" into the "Pest" as it connected the two sections of the city. In 2001, Hungarian stunt pilot Péter Besenyei flew upside down under the bridge. 22. New Brunswick Hartland Bridge: New Brunswick, Canada New Brunswick Hartland BridgeAbout as cute as a bridge can get. The world's longest covered bridge might not look like much compared to some of the other mega structures featured here, but covered bridges have a unique charm. Some covered bridges are also only one lane, such as this Hartland Bridge in New Brunswick, Canada, so for those crossing there's always a certain amount of excitement to be had. 23. The Confederation Bridge: Prince Edward Island, Canada The Confederate BridgeNot much to see, so no excuse for bad driving. Spanning the Abegweit Passage of Northumberland Strait, and linking Prince Edward Island with mainland New Brunswick, Canada, the Confederation Bridge is the longest bridge over ice in the world. It is not dainty, it is strong, imposing, sturdy and muscular. Probably the bridge where we would least like to run out of gas. Since the bridge's opening in 1997, potato production on Prince Edward Island has increased dramatically. 24. The Helix Bridge: Marina Bay, Singapore Singapore double helix bridgeClever, beautiful and inspiring. Singapore's double helix bridge is 280 meters long, made of a special stainless steel, lovingly assembled over two years with great precision. Despite being just two years old is already being touted as an architectural marvel and engineering feat. Article first published March 2011, updated May 2012


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