The bridge is a structure often forgotten in terms of the great feats of civil engineering and transportation planning. This may be because over 25% of American bridges handle more traffic than they were designed for and need serious repairs. However, the bridge remains a useful part of structural design and a part of any civil engineering company portfolio.
More than a means of going from point A to point B, modern bridges designed by many a civil engineering company have begun to take on a bizarre, but beautiful look. Bridges are often great feats of engineering and design. Built with transportation and the environment in mind, bridges can take on a myriad of shapes depending on their engineered function.
The following list provides a three of the most extraordinary recent architectural and civil engineering company bridge works around the world.
- The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
Considered terrifying by many because of its transparent glass surface 1,000 feet above the Zhangjiajie national park, the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge was designed by Haim Dotan and is the longest glass bridge in the world. Designed to hold up to 800 people, the bridge is made up of steel framing and over 120 glass panels that are layered three times with tempered glass up to two inches thick.
- The Danjiang Bridge
The Danjiang Bridge, the world’s longest single-tower, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge is currently being built in Taiwan. Designed to minimize its visual impact while remaining conspicuous against the Tamsui sunset, the bridge is a wonder to behold at approximately 3,019 feet long.
- Lucky Knot Bridge
The Lucky Knot Bridge in China is three bridges built into one and is a bizarre structure to look upon. According to Wired, “The bright red truss bridge, which spans the Dragon King Harbor River in Changsha, China, twists and knots like a tangled shoestring. Its steely, 600-foot spine swoops into an infinite loop, with no clear end point.” The bridge was designed by NEXT whose bridge designs are interesting to say the least. The advanced design leaves us wondering where the civil engineering company will go next.
Civil engineering is an amazing profession consisting of the construction, design, and maintenance of roads, canals, and bridges such as these incredible designs. Bridges are often forgotten because of their purpose of transportation planning. However, bridges can be more than that. These three bridges are wonders in engineering and the bridges of future can only be more groundbreaking.