World's strangest bridges
Most bridges have a simple mission: to transport people and vehicles from point A to point B efficiently. But where is the fun in that?
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Take, for example, the Tianjin Eye Bridge in China, whose six lanes are straddled by one of the world’s largest Ferris wheels, or the Sunken Bridge in the Netherlands, which appears to lead pedestrians through rather than over the water.
Check out more of the world’s unusual bridges: we guarantee you won’t regret making the crossing.
Tianjin Eye: Tianjin, China
When is a bridge not quite a bridge? When it’s a Ferris wheel, of course. The Tianjin Eye is a 394-foot-tall carnival ride over the Haihe River in northern China. Completed in 2007, the six-lane bridge incorporates 48 passenger capsules, each with a capacity of eight people. One full rotation takes half an hour, creating the perfect diversion for commuters stuck in bridge traffic.
Lego Bridge: Wuppertal, Germany
(Photo: Rolf Dellenbusch)
Few bridges can boast a wonderful view from their underside. This apparently ordinary span was transformed over a period of four weeks by a street artist known as Megx into what resembles a supersize Lego construction, delivering a bright dose of childhood nostalgia for drivers passing beneath.
Rolling Bridge: London
(Photo: Heatherwick Studio)
Architecture firm Heatherwick studio rose to the challenge of designing a bridge to span the narrow Grand Union Canal at London’s Paddington Basin—while still allowing ships free passage. The strange, ingenious bridge is made of eight identical segments capable of rolling and unrolling like a party noisemaker. Every Friday at midday the hydraulic-powered construction is activated (regardless of boat traffic) to the amusement of waiting pedestrians.