The world is full of structural man-made marvels. Just go to any city or globally renowned landmark and you’ll see a plethora of architecture that’s as fascinating as it is functional.
Of all the amazing feats of engineering that exist in the world, bridges are, by far, some of the most impressive. The fact that people are able to build massive suspended highways over water and land is nothing short of astonishing!
Here are 10 of the most unique (and bizarre) bridges around the world that are sure to leave you in awe…
1. Lucky Knot Bridge, China: This steel structure’s looping design has three footpaths that wind up and down and connect two scenic parks. The design was inspired by the traditional Chinese art of knotting.
2. Circular Laguna Garzon Bridge, Uruguay: This unique ring-shaped bridge, which sits above Uruguay’s Laguna Garzon, was built to replace a much smaller crossing that only accommodated two cars at a time. This bridge, however, allows for 1,000 cars! The circular design also forces drivers to slow down.
3. Twin Sails Bridge, England: This bridge spans the backwater channel in Dorset, England, and it features two 75-foot triangular lifting leaves that resemble yacht sails when they’re raised all the way up to let boats pass through.
4. Eshima Ohashi, Japan: This roller coaster-like concrete bridge spans a mile across Lake Nakaumi in Japan, and it connects the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato. The entire structure actually rises in one huge piece so ships can safely pass underneath.
5. Dragon Bridge, Vietnam: Dragons have long been a symbol of power and fortune throughout Asia, and this bridge in Vietnam certainly proves it. It spans the River Han, and every Saturday and Sunday evening, the steel dragon literally breathes fire for spectators.
6. Island in the Mur, Austria: This odd-looking steel and glass structure links the two banks of the Mur River in Austria, but it’s far more than just a walkway. The bridge features a floating cafe, a children’s playground, and an amphitheater that hosts live events.
7. Rolling Bridge, England: This fascinating piece of architecture consists of eight triangular sections hinged in such a way that the bridge literally rolls up to allow boats to sail through, and then it uniquely unfolds again to create a pedestrian walkway.
8. LEGO Bridge, Germany: Most of us remember playing with LEGOs as kids, but in Germany, there’s actually a bridge that looks like it came right out of a children’s LEGO set! Unfortunately, the bridge is actually made up of concrete beams simply painted to look like the colorful plastic toys.
9. Living Root Bridges, India: In Meghalaya, India, there are trees whose roots have grown in such a unique way that they’ve created natural suspension bridges. The local Khasi people carefully train the roots to grow from one side to the other, and the entire process can take over a decade.
10. Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain, South Korea: The Banpo Bridge in Seoul, South Korea, spans the Hangang River, and spectators are treated to an amazing water and light show every day. The bridge has over 380 water jets that shoot 190 tons of river water every minute.
These bridges really show how far humankind has come with architectural technology. It almost seems like anything is possible nowadays as long as there are people willing to try to build it.
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