Best of #bridges

10 bridges + 1 to tell a story about a theme for structural engineers demonstrating its architectural potential, vehicle of strong symbolic values, and discovering its poetry.

RO&AD architecten, Moses Bridge, Halsteren, The Netherlands
From a paper bridge that crosses a small mountain stream to those that, although necessary, strive to make their presence as discrete as possible, to the structures that rise above the chaotic environment below to offer new views on the landscape: discover here our selection of the ten best bridges.
And also Sergio Musmeci’s project, published by Domus in 1971, for a suspension bridge linking permanently Sicily to the mainland: The Messina Strait Bridge.

BNTHMCRWL, Paleisbrug: a 250 metre-long pedestrian link across the railway track between the historic centre of ’s-Hertogenbosch and Paleiskwartier, in The Netherlands, was the pretext for Benthem Crouwel Architects to create a suspended park-like area.

Steve Messam, PaperBridge: set against the verdant greens of the Helvellyn peak in the Lake District, a bridge made entirely from paper takes its place in the British countryside to defy both belief and gravity.

And-Ré, VLM bridge: collaborating with the artist Domingos Loureiro And-Ré designed in Vilamoura, Portugal, a bridge made of wood and concrete that breaks the relation of the user with the backing street by directing the attention to the lake view.

DFA, Butterfly bridge: in this foot- and cycle bridge in Copenaghen three decks connect the different banks fixed on a common platform. When two decks are open at the same time, they form a butterfly.

Paddington footbridge: inaugurated in September 2014, the new movable footbridge designed by Knight Architects in the heart of Merchant Square, London, is part of a wider urban development program.

The Ravelijn Bridge: RO&AD Architecten completed a pedestrian bridge to connect the fortress-island of Ravelijn “Op den Zoom” to the city of Bergen op Zoom, in The Netherlands, using the principles of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy.

Footbridge Candiac: the new footbridge of Candiac, Canada, designed by Lemay to connect the city’s northern and southern sectors, is a strong landmark that generates a kinetic and theatrical experience.

A walk above the tide: after 9 years of studies and 3 years construction on site, the jetty to the Mont-Saint-Michel by Dietmar Feichtinger Architects opened to pedestrians.

Passerelle de la Paix: the new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over the Rhone in Lyon by Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes – la passerelle de la Paix – reveals the landscape and urban changes.

NEXT Architects, Melkwegbrug: a sculptural bridge, defined by a steep 12 metre-high arch and a gently sloping 100 metre-long underpassage, connects the historic centre and a new district of Purmerend, a small Dutch city.

Top: RO&AD architecten, Moses Bridge, Halsteren, The Netherlands

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