The 6 Most Beautiful Bridges in the World
Sometimes architecture can be so singularly powerful that it comes to define a city—just try to imagine a Paris without the Eiffel Tower, or a Barcelona without the powerful influence of Gaudí. And while bigger, staggering buildings often get all of the love, there's something more democratic about bridges: after all, they're accessible for everyone to walk or drive over, and they connect places to each other. Though bridges serve useful functions, it doesn't mean they have to be boring or utilitarian in their design, as these six, some by world-renowned architects.
#1 Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Gateshead, United Kingdom
Gateshead Millennium Bridge - the world's first and only tilting bridge!
Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and engineered by Gifford, the bridge takes its place at the end of a line of distinguished bridges across the River Tyne, including the Tyne Bridge and Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge.
#2 The Rolling Bridge, Westminster, England
The Rolling Bridge is a type of curling movable bridge completed in 2004 as part of the Grand Union Canal office and retail development project at Paddington Basin, London.
#3 Helix Bridge, Singapore
Once known as the Double Helix Bridge, the Helix Bridge is a remarkable piece of architecture. This amazing pedestrian bridge was opened in 2010 and links the Marina Centre with the Marina South.The Marina Bay area bridge is a favourite amongst pedestrians as it makes it easy to navigate the Marina Bay area.
#4 Henderson Waves, Singapore
At 36 metres above ground, the Henderson Waves bridge is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore. Unveiled in 2008, its fantastical shape has lent an unexpected jolt of design savvy to the lush green belt in the south of Singapore.
As dusk falls, visitors still linger to admire the bridge, which is illuminated to stunning effect by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting from 7pm to 2am every night.
#5 Glacier Skywalk, Alberta, Canada
Feed your adrenaline and step into a breathtaking world where glaciers rest above and birds soar below. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918 foot drop. A new way to connect with the Canadian Rockies!
#6 Langkawi Sky Bridge, Langkawi, Malaysia
Completed in 2004, this suspended bridge is built on top of the Machinchang mountain. Accessible from the Top Station, the bridge is suspended from a 82m high single pylon, hangs at about 100m above ground and it can accommodate up to 250 people at the same time. It swings out over the landscape to give visitors a unique spatial experience, and to bring them into otherwise unattainable locations, above virgin jungle with spectacular views. Notably, in contrast to a straight bridge, where the end is always monotonously in sight, a curved bridge offers spectacularly changing perspective that reinvent themselves, as one proceeds along it.