Bridge

  • The winners of the Structural Awards 2018 have been announced. This year’s top prize was awarded to the sleek and elegant Tamina Canyon Crossing in Switzerland, while the rest of the honors went to an assortment of outstanding bridges, stadiums, and other buildings.
  • Costing 15.73 billion RMB (around US$20 billion) and measuring 55 km (34 miles)-long including connecting roads, the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge is the world's longest sea crossing bridge. Following nine years of construction, it connects the Chinese mainland to Hong Kong and Macau.
  • China boasts more than its fair share of engineering feats, including the world's second-tallest skyscraper and the highest bridge. We can soon add highest skybridge to the list too, courtesy of Moshe Safdie's Raffles City Chongqing project, which is under construction in southwest China.
  • A new 3D printed bridge has just opened in the Netherlands. Designed and built by engineers from TU/E and construction company BAM Infra, the cyclist bridge was printed in pieces from a concrete mixture, reinforced with steel cable, before being assembled and erected on-site.
  • ​Margot Krasojević’s architectural designs are undeniably experimental, incredibly philosophical and, with engineering technology rapidly evolving, increasingly realizable. Her latest piece is an incredible, mobile bridge commissioned as a prospective crossing for a river in Mongolia.
  • ​​A new suspension bridge has just opened that might give Indiana Jones himself sweaty palms. The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge takes visitors through the scenic Bernese Alps, with the mighty Matterhorn mountain in the background to draw nervous eyes away from the valley below. ​
  • The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has effectively pulled the plug on the city's Garden Bridge amid concerns over ballooning costs. Envisioned as a greenery-filled crossing over the Thames, the Thomas Heatherwick-designed project ultimately proved very controversial.
  • The Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia has designed the world's first 3D-printed pedestrian bridge. Installed in the urban park of Castilla-La Mancha in Madrid and made up of eight separate 3D-printed parts, the bridge spans 40 ft (12 m) and measures 5.7 ft (1.75 m) wide.​
  • Those with a head for heights and an eye for breathtaking scenery may wish to go to Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, China. Home to the world's longest glass bridge, the area is also due to receive a number of reflective bridges and pavilions offering the experience of floating in mid-air.
  • Artist Leo Villareal and his team have been chosen to develop a series of installations that will light up the bridges along the River Thames in London, UK. Their contest-winning proposal, "Current," envisages colorful lighting installed on the 17 bridges from Tower Bridge to Albert Bridge.
  • While bridges typically get people from A to B, the Lucky Knot bridge over the Dragon King Harbour River in the New Lake District of Changsha, China, draws more heavily on the alphabet. It comprises three undulating, intertwined steel walkways with access at each of the points where they land.
  • The bridges along the River Thames in London, UK, are to be lit up as a major piece of public art. Six proposals have been shortlisted as part of the Illuminated River competition, which is aimed not only at delivering visually outstanding designs, but ones that make use of new technologies.