On your side: new bridge projects | News | Architonic

Most bridges are purely functional structures, built to provide a fast and direct route from one point to another. Sometimes, however, the location and elevation of a bridge makes it worth slowing down a bit to enjoy the view. Architects today are creating crossings in both urban and rural contexts that apply innovative forms and engineering to enhance this benefit of bridges. In Switzerland, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge provides jaw-dropping vistas of the Matterhorn as it traverses a deep valley between the towns of Grächen and Zermatt. The 494-metre-long Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge cuts around three hours off the time required to hike between the two towns, but its popularity is all to do with the exhilarating experience of gazing down at the valley below through the grated-metal floor. Anyone afraid of heights might want to avoid a couple of recently completed bridges designed to optimise vertiginous views of their surroundings. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glas… continue


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