I just watched X-Men 3 again on Sunday – how exactly is a detatched suspension bridge supposed to remain intact? Grumble, grumble. . . As a result, this story on the Golden Gate at Wired.com caught my eye – but I was more intrigued by this pictorial tour of beautiful bridges. Bridges truly are the jewels of human ingenuity!
The Magdeburg Water Bridge is pretty wild, but this one (above) is my favorite:
The Gateshead Millennium pedestrian and bicycle bridge crosses the River Tyne between Newcastle and Gateshead in northern England. It’s both a cable-stayed bridge and a drawbridge. Completed in 2000, the unique design by Wilkinson Eyre Architects (with Gifford & Partners engineering) rotates on its longitudinal axis (counterclockwise in this view). The arched upper span tilts downward (about 45 degrees) as the curved pathway tilts up, so that both are high enough above the water to allow boats to pass beneath.
I’d really like to see that in action.