When the new Cau Vang bridge opened this June, the whole world was mesmerized by its beauty and that inspired us to do some research to find out what other such amazing and modern bridges the world has to offer. We found quite a few of them and we selected our top favorites which we’re going to share with you right now. After seeing some of them you’ll probably want to go there in person so maybe it’s also time to plan your next vacation.
The Golden Bridge – Da Nang, Vietnam
Completed in June 2018, Cau Vang which means “gold bridge” was constructed in less than a year and the initial design was created by TA Landscape Architecture. You can find this amazing bridge in the mountains above Da Nang, in Vietnam. It sits 1,400 meters above sea level and it’s supported by a pair of giant hands which look like they’ve been carved out og large blocks of stone and have a weathered finish. The bridge is 150 meters long and offers sweeping views across the mountainscape.
The Moses Bridge – Halsteren, The Netherlands
This is a very special bridge that lets you walk across water, being reminiscent of the biblical story which told how Moses split the Red Sea, hence the name of the project. The reason why the bridge was built this way is because it’s located in Halsteren, in an area which is a defense line consisting of a series of fortresses dating back to the 17th century. Naturally, a bridge that arches above a moat wouldn’t be very suitable for such an area so RO&AD Architecten created this invisible bridge which blends in with the landscape and can’t be seen from a distance as water comes all the way up ti its edge. The bridge is built entirely out of Accoya wood and is waterproof.
The Claude Bernard Overpass – Paris, France
Measuring almost 100 meters in length, the Claude Bernard overpass is more than just a beautiful and modern bridge, also serving as a symbol of unity for the 19th arrondissement of Paris, in France. The bridge was designed and built by DVVD Engineers Architects Designers and the project was exceptionally challenging. The arched timber structure connects Parc du Millénaire to the Claude Bernard urban development zone and its design and geometry are exquisite, with a very continuous and smooth look and a metal framework created using sophisticated digital tools.
The Helix Bridge – Esplanade Mall, Singapore
The Helix Bridge is pretty great during the day when you can admire its sculptural, double helix twisting design but wait till you see it at night when these tubes are illuminated by ribbons of LED lights. This is a pedestrian bridge designed to cross the Singapore River. It was designed and built by Cox Architecture with Architects 61 after the studio won an international design competition held in 2006. The canopy of the bridge is made out of panels of glass and perforated steel.
Mirrored bridge – Gipuzkoa, Spain
Designed by Vaumm, this pedestrian bridge from Errenteria, Gipuzkoa, in Spain stands out by blending in. In other words, the bridge’s mirrored polished aluminum cladding reflects the surroundings and allow it to disappear into the city and this is what makes the structure so special in the first place. The design is playful and fun and blurs all boundaries and looks quite futuristic. If you’re ever in the area, keep an eye for this awesome bridge because if you’re not careful you can easily miss it.
The Golden Garland – Tiel, The Netherlands
This beautiful golden ribbon welcomes people into the historic city center of Tiel, in The Netherlands. Dubbed the Golden Garland, the bridge has a very fluid and graceful design, crossing the water diagonally and gently descending over the grass slope, seamlessly solving the difference of height between the two shores. It was designed by wUrck and it has a concrete foundation and steel guardrails painted bright yellow.
The Lucky Knot – Changsha Shi, China
The Lucky Knot bridge from Changsha, China was named by CNN one of the “most spectacular bridges that break the mold” thanks to its unique design created by NEXT Architects. The bridge is 185 meters long and 24 meters high and connects multiple levels at different heights, including the river banks, the road and the park. The design is eye-catching and engaging as well as practical, being inspired by the principle of the Mobius ring, as well as by the Chinese knotting art.
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens bridge – Cape Town, South Africa
Studio Mark Thomas Architects was commissioned to build a bridge among the tree canopies of the arboretum within the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens located in Cape Town, South Africa. The project required a lot of planning and required minimal damage and disruption to the site. No trees were cut down in the process. The bridge features a lightweight and sinuous steel structure and a slatted timber deck. It winds through the canopies and visitors can enjoy the view from 12 meters above ground level. The bridge is 130 meters long.
The High Trestle Trail Bridge – Madrid, USA
The High Trestle Trail Bridge from Madrid, US over half a mile long and connects more than 600 miles of trail in central Iowa, being one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the US. It was developed by RDG Planning & Design and the inspiration for its unusual structure came from the region’s history. The bridge mimics the structure of an old mine shaft being built like a tunnel or steel cribs. These steel elements are angled in such a manner that the bridge looks like a time-travel tunnel, especially at night when the blue LED lights are on.
Ruyi Bridge – Sichuan, China
If you look at this bridge from a distance and from high up, it looks like a ruyi which is a traditional Chinese ornamental object that’s S-shaped and typically made of jade, symbolizing good luck. The Ruyi Bridge was designed by ZZHK Architects and connects Dayuan Park on the south to the urban area and the green landscape on the north side of the Jian’nan Road intersection in Chengdu, Sichuan.