Top 10 Spectacular Bridges with Wonderful Architecture
#4 is my personal favorite - amazing design that connects engineering & nature
Bridges are sign of modernity, economy, trade, and growth. From old stone ones to the sweeping modern suspensions, bridges around the world capture our attention.
Top 10 Spectacular Bridges that Connect The World with Style
#1 – Sydney Harbour Bridge
Known as “Coathanger” due to its unique arch-based design, Sydney Harbour Bridge along with the Opera House in the backdrop gives a postcard like beauty visuals to Sydney.
Constructed by: Dorman Long & Co
Construction started on: 28th July 1923
Construction ended on: 19th January 1932
Inaugurated & Opened to Public on: 19th March 1932
Features: Bradfield Highway, North Shore railway line, 1 pedestrian way, 1 cycleway
Location: Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
#2 – Brooklyn Bridge
Designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, Brooklyn Bridge is the declared New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Architect: John Augustus Roebling
Opened to Public on: 24th May 1883
Features: 6 lanes of roadway (cars only), Pedestrians and bicycles
Recognition: The World’s First Steel-Wire Suspension Bridge
Location: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, USA
#3 – Golden Gate Bridge
One of the most famous and beautiful bridges in the world, Golden Gate Bridge has a spectacular location, Art Deco detailing, and amazing colors. This bridge is an engineering marvel.
Architect: Irving Morrow
Engineering design by: Joseph Strauss, and Charles Ellis
Construction Began: 5th January 1933
Construction Ended On: 19th April 1937
Opened to Public On: 27th May 1937
Features: cars, pedestrians, and bicycles
Location: San Francisco, California and Marin County, California, U.S.
#4 – Langkawi Sky Bridge
Built on the amazing Machincang mountain ranges, Langkawi Sky Bridge has got mesmerizing views. This bridge is not only a structure that connects, but itself is a major tourist attraction.
Designer: Peter Wyss
Engineering design by: CEPAS Plan
Angkasa Jurutera Perunding
Constructed by: Alam Langkawi, B&O Construction, & BBR Construction Systems (M)
Opened to public: 2005
Features: Pedestrian only
Location: Langkawi, Malaysia
Amusing thing: The entire structure had to be lifted by helicopters and then assembled to form the bridge.
#5 – Sheikh Zayed Bridge
Paying tribute and named after UAE’s principal architect and former president Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Sheikh Zayed Bridge is said to be the most intricate bridge ever constructed.
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Designer: Lighting design by Rogier van der Heide
Engineering design by: Rendel( formerly High Point Rendel / Rendel Palmer and Tritton), Buckland & Taylor Ltd., & DME Geotech
Constructed by: Archirodon & Six Construct Ltd.
Construction started on: 2007
Construction ended on: 2010
Opened to public on: 28 November 2010
Features: 4 lanes each way for vehicular traffic
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Amusing thing: There are more than 200 automated lights that have been programmed to weave thirteen artistic scenarios along the length of the bridge.
#6 – Python Bridge
Python Bridge, whose official name is High Bridge, is a bridge that spans the canal between Sporenburg and Borneo Island in Eastern Docklands, Amsterdam.
Built in 2001
Won the International Footbridge Award in 2002
Designed by: Adriaan Geuze, West 8
Features: Lanes for pedestrians and cyclists
Location: Eastern Docklands, Amsterdam
The metal bridge has an unusual serpentine shape and is equipped with beautiful railings with a lot of scarlet threads, making the construction look more attractive.
#7 – Bosphorus Bridge
This bridge also known as First Bridge is iconic as it connects the European side of Istanbul to it’s Asian side. A drive on the bridge would expose you one of the stunning site ever but the actual beauty can be seen only when you go for a Bosphorus boat ride in the evening.
Designer: Sir Gilbert Roberts and William Brown
Construction started on: 20 February 1970
Construction ended on: 1 June 1973
Opened to public on: 30 October 1973
Features: Highway lanes only
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
The official name is 15 July Martyrs Bridge