The 9 Most Intriguing Bridge Designs

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Today we are about to cross 9 of the most intriguing bridges in the world.

 

 

9. Living Root Bridges, State of Meghalaya, India
Found throughout Northeast India, these unique bridges are literally alive! They are made by hand from the roots of rubber trees which are guided through tree trunks that have been deliberately positioned across narrow bodies of water until the roots reach the opposite side. It can take as long as a decade-and-a-half to complete and the most durable ones can last for centuries as the roots strengthen and regenerate themselves.

 

 

8. Oresund Bridge, Sweden and Denmark
Half tunnel, half bridge, this shared Swedish/Danish structure serves both trains and motor vehicles across the Oresund straight. First opened in July 2000, is a true engineering marvel to behold; providing breathtaking views of both countries. From the Swedish side, the bridge extends over the water at a length of roughly 5 miles (8 km). Once it reaches the artificial island of Peberholm, Denmark can be reached via an underground tunnel that runs an additional 2 ½ miles (5km).


7. The Murinsel, Graz, Austria
This shell-shaped platform (Is it a bridge? Island? Boat?) that floats on the Mur River was commissioned to commemorate Graz’s being awarded the honor of 2003 European Capital of Culture. It can be accessed via footbridges on either side of the river. The Murinsel contains an amphitheater for holding events, a cafe for relaxing over a perfect cup of coffee and even a playground for children!

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