A golden bridge held up by two monumental stone-coloured fingers has opened within the Ba Na hills, close to Da Nang in central Vietnam. It is the most recent in a sequence of assertion footbridges across the world. Cau Vang (which means gold bridge) opened in June, is 150 metres lengthy and 1,400 metres above sea stage, with views throughout the inexperienced mountainscape. It took just below a yr to assemble, with preliminary designs by TA Landscape Architecture.
Cau Vang (Golden Bridge), Ba Na Hills, Vietnam. Photograph: Amazing Things in Vietnam
The Ba Na hills mountain retreat was a favorite holiday location for the ruling French authorities within the early 20th century however fell into smash after the revolution towards colonial rule in 1945. The space is now home to a reproduction French village and gardens, together with a 5.8km cable automotive monitor – as soon as the world’s longest and highest – in addition to a cavernous concrete amusement complicated, hidden beneath the kitsch-looking village. Remnants of the unique villas have been noticed by travellers driving the cable automotive.
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Cau Vang follows in a line of surprising footbridges, seen in every single place from Iowa to India: buildings which can be noteworthy as architectural statements in themselves, moderately than equipment for an already in style location.
In 2014, the Fan Bridge was unveiled in Paddington Basin in London. It at the moment solely operates Wednesdays and Fridays at midday and Saturdays at 2pm, leaving it someplace between the sensible and the creative. The hydraulic construction, designed by Knight Architects, positions its 5 metal beams 20 metres throughout the water, rising in an analogous solution to a conventional Japanese fan.
Fan Bridge at nightfall, Paddington Basin, London. Photograph: Alamy
The close by Rolling Bridge (working Wednesdays and Fridays at midday and 4pm) unfolds its octagonal construction on one facet of the canal towpath to type a walkway 12 metres throughout the water. It was created by Heatherwick Studio and put in in 2004 as a “sculptural object”.
A 185-metre loop of three interconnected purple footbridges type Lucky Knot bridge in Changsha, China, which opened in 2006. Designers Next Architects, had been impressed by Chinese knotting people artwork and the infinite construction of the Möbius strip.
Lucky Knot bridge in Changsha, China. Photograph: Imaginechina/Rex/Shutterstock
At the alternative finish of the expertise scale are the sustainable footbridges made by the Khasi individuals from residing, pure sources within the gorges of Meghalaya, north-west India. The residing root bridges are deep within the tropical forest, near village of Mawsynram, the wettest place on earth. The most well-known, the Umshiang Double Decker Living Root Bridge, took 15 years to craft into its present type. The apply itself is regarded as 180 years outdated, with the bridges constructed from rubber tree roots nurtured for years to carry human weight. This materials is a preferable various to wooden right here, which decays throughout the monsoon season.
Parting the ocean would possibly sound like an unattainable act however how about constructing a everlasting pathway by water? The Moses Bridge within the village of Halsteren, in North Brabant, Netherlands, acts like a dam underneath the waterline, holding the moat on both facet. The “sunken” bridge, crafted from pre-treated, rot-resistant wooden, was designed by Ro & Ad Architects to offer entry to a 17th-century Dutch fort.
Moses Bridge, Halsteren, the Netherlands. Photograph: Alamy
Decades of lovers have reworked a as soon as comparatively unremarkable-looking bridge in Serbia, now referred to as Most Ljubavi – one of many earliest variations of a love bridge. Legend has it that Nada, a instructor, would meet her military officer lover Relja on the bridge to pledge their love – however he left her throughout the first world battle and he or she subsequently died of a damaged coronary heart. It is believed to have grow to be well-known because of a poem, Prayer for Love, written by Desanka Maksimović within the 1990s. Couples now go to the “Bridge of Love” to connect inscribed padlocks to it. The apply for good luck in love now takes place on bridges across the world.
The fashionable, tubular Webb Bridge connects in Melbourne’s South Wharf with the Docklands space, and was designed by sculptor Robert Owen and engineered in 2003 by Arup – the company behind the Sydney Opera House. Also by Arup, the Helix Bridge in Singapore is a spiralling 300-metre DNA-inspired design from Cox architects, which accomplished the Marina Bay walkway in 2010.
Helix Bridge, Singapore. Photograph: Phung Huynh Vu Qui/Getty Images
Best visited after darkish to see its glowworm look, Henderson Waves, undulates by Singapore, connecting Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park. The 274-metre snake-like construction is made up of Balau wooden and curved metal “ribs” which type shelters in its upward curves.
Another delight for nightfall, is the High Trestle Trail Bridge in Iowa, which runs half a mile over the Des Moines River Valley. As a part of a “rails to trails” venture, it helps join the 25-mile path from Woodward to Ankeny. The illuminated metal beams symbolize a view by a mine shaft, reflecting the coal mining historical past of the native space.