Bridges are big manifestations of the creative minds of men. They are proof to the endless possibilities of our creative engineering skills.
Here are 17 of the most unusual bridges in the world that you have to see to believe.
Circular Laguna Garzon Bridge, Uruguay
Architect Rafael Viñoly found a unique way to create a bridge that will not only connect two cities but also require drivers to reduce speed while crossing. The ring-shaped bridge makes drivers pass along a semicircle curve that requires a slower speed. The bridge can also accommodate up to 1,000 vehicles at a time. The bridge connects the cities of Rocha and Maldonado in the southern coast of Uruguay.
Twin Sails Bridges, Dorset, England
The bridge over the Backwater Channel in Dorset, England looks just like any other regular bridge unless boats pass through the channel. The bridge lies flat but slowly opens up to accommodate passing boats. The result is two 75-foot tall triangular lifting. When lifted, the part of the bridge looks like the sails of yachts. Commuters have to wait until the lifted parts are flat again before they can pursue their trip.
Eshima Ohashi, Japan
Linking the cities of Matsue and Sakaiminato in the Lake Nakaumi in Japan, this Eshima Ohashi Bridge has a roller coaster portion. There is a lifted portion of the bridge to allow ships to pass underneath. The risen portion of the bridge provides a thrill-ride especially to those who have never been on the bridge.
Dragon Bridge, Vietnam
Vietnam brings dragons to the next level. The Dragon Bridge in the City of Da Nang measures 2,185-foot which opened in 2013. The bridge has large dragon-shaped steel that literary breaths fire on weekends at 9pm. A total of 2,500 LED lights are used to illuminate the bridge and offers a dazzling light show to spectators.
Island in the Mur, Graz, Austria
It is a bridge, an island, and a floating platform. These all describe the Murinsel, or Island in the Mur, in Graz, Austria. The seashell-like structure forming an island in the middle of the Mur River is comprised of a floating café, a children’s playground and an amphitheater. The bridge also has a footbridge. Thus, anybody can just walk across it, rest at the middle of the river and continue the walk later. The bridge was designed by American architect Vito Acconci.
Rolling Bridge, England
In Central London, a bridge transforms from a regular bridge to an octagon at the bank of the canal. The Rolling Bridge, or Curling Bridge according to its developer Heatherwick Studio, curls itself every Friday at midday to provide spectacular entertainment to the pedestrians and tourists. The bridge can be stopped at any time in its curling journey. It was built in 2004.
Lego Bridge, Germany
No, don’t take it literally. The bridge is not made of Lego bricks, it’s just painted to look like it. Graffiti and street artist Martin Heuwold repainted the bridge in 2011 to look like Lego bricks as an attempt to catch the attention of the public. Heuwold was commissioned by the city of Wuppertal in Germany to transform the bridge into an “eye-catcher.”
Living Root Bridges, India
A single bridge requires over a decade to complete with an all-natural process of growing figs’ roots through the tree trunks placed across the gap. The Khasi people of Meghalaya, India show their engineering skills by building bridges that strengthens over time using the roots of trees. Growing trees is never a problem in the area because it is the rainiest place on Earth.
Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain, South Korea
Banpo Bridge in Seoul, South Korea is a true multifunctional bridge over the Hangang River. Jamsugyo (Submergence Bridge) is just below the Banpo Bridge. It serves to accommodate two lanes of cars, a pedestrian walkway and a bicycle lane. Jmsugyo is submerged under water on rainy days. In 2009, the bridge became even more attractive after the installation of the 380 water jets Moonlight Rainbow Fountain. A total of 190 tons of recycled water is shot per minute in the world’s longest fountain bridge.
In the city of Leeuwarden in Netherlands, a bridge works like a robot to entertain the passing of ships below it. The bridge seems to be quickly flipping pancakes as its two hydraulic cylinders swing a portion of the road in and out of place. Slauerhoffbrug was completed in 2008.
Moses Bridge, Netherlands
Moses Bridge is a sunken bridge across the moat of Fort de Roovere. It was made to create an illusion as people are crossing the moat and as an invisible bridge. It was named after Moses to invoke the biblical image of the parting of the Red Sea.
Henderson Waves Bridge, Singapore
There is a high level wave in Singapore which connects various parks in a 9-kilometer chain. The Henderson Waves Bridge, an iconic fixture of Singapore skyline, is its highest pedestrian bridge linking southern ridges. At night, the waves are illuminated with LED lights offering a different look to everyone in Singapore.
Gateshead Millennium Bridge, England
WilkinsonEyre Architects made a signature accomplishment through the landmark of northeast England, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The Gateshead’s curves pivot to allow ships to pass beneath. The opening of the bridge happened on June 28, 2001 and was witnessed by 38,000 people from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. The bridge is composed of two curves forming the deck and the support.
Oresund Bridge, Sweden and Denmark
The Oresund Bridge connects Malmo, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark in three stages. The entire link is composed of a bridge, an artificial island of Peberholm, and a tunnel to allow ships to pass without the worries of the bridge. Peberholm connects the bridge and the tunnel and is now a haven for biologists breeding flora and fauna.
Python Bridge, Netherlands
Netherland’s Python Bridge is a red snake-like shape bridge connecting Sporenburg and the Borneo Island. The structure won the International Footbridge Award back in 2002.
Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge, Brazil
There is a giant Christmas tree at Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The bridge deck forms an X at the crossing of the bridge. This giant X-form is illuminated at the end of December to resemble that of giant Christmas tree.
Infinite Bridge, Denmark
The Infinite Bridge is a wooden circular walkable structure in Aarhus, Denmark. It has a 623 feet circumference in 197 feet diameter. The bridge is also a favorite wedding venue with 12 couples married on June 6, 2015 alone.