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Bridge Architecture : Architectural Structures

Major Crossing Projects from around the world

post updated 12 Feb 2020

Architecture of Bridges

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Bridge Architecture. We cover completed bridges, new crossing designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the world. The focus is on contemporary bridges.

We have 4 pages of Bridge Design selections.

Contemporary Bridge Designs : A-E

Bridge Architecture : F-P (this page)

Bridge Structures : Q-S

Bridge Designs : T-Z

Major Bridge Architecture

Recent Bridge Design additions to this page:

Garden Bridge, London, England, UK
Design: Thomas Heatherwick Studio
Garden Bridge across the River Thames
image from designers
London Garden Bridge across the River Thames

Grand Canal Bridge, Venice
Design: Santiago Calatrava
Quarto Ponte sul Canal Grande Venice, Barbara Burg/Oliver Schuh
The first bridge to be built across Venice’s Grand Canal in almost 75 years. Designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, the bridge will take its place up-stream from the famed Rialto Bridge, the first bridge to span the Grand Canal. Calatrava’s bridge, which was commissioned by the Municipality of Venice through a public selection process in 1999, is sited at an extremely strategic point, connecting the railway station (Stazione Santa Lucia) on the north side of the Grand Canal with the Piazzale Roma on the south. The Grand Canal bridge will be important both functionally and symbolically, not only will it connect rail travelers more directly to the city, but it will also welcome visitors to Venice with a panoramic view of the Grand Canal.

Infinity Bridge, UK
Design: Expedition Engineering
Infinity Bridge
photograph : James Newton
The brief called for an iconic structure as part of the Stockton-on-Tees regeneration of the North Shore site. The resulting footbridge now links the north and south shores and provides better access to business and jobs in the area. Designed by Expedition Engineering, the slender bowstring bridge cuts a distinctive silhouette across the River Tees. A 230m-long concrete walkway is supported by a pair of asymmetric steel arches that appear to skip across the river like a pebble skimming water.

Kurilpa Bridge, Australia
Design: Cox Rayner + Arup
Kurilpa Bridge
photo © David Sandison
Designed by the Queensland division of Australia’s Cox Rayner Architects with Arup, the £35.5 million pedestrian and cycle bridge connects Brisbane’s Central Business District with the city’s South Bank and its major cultural precinct. This is the second project the two practices have collaborated on in the last decade following the completion of the Goodwill Bridge in 2000. Both bridges are part of a comprehensive process by the Queensland Government to interconnect two of the city’s major precincts.

Lee Valley Bridges, Hackney, London, UK
Design: Amin Taha Architects
Cow Bridge
image from architects
Lee Valley Bridge Designs – 20 Jul 2011
Two bridge designs close to the London Olympics site – both bridges are intended as very economic solutions to long running access problems. The architect was instructed to develop the bridge designs to planning submission level.

Bridge Designs from around the globe, alphabetical:

Gateshead Millennium Bridge, UK
Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Gateshead Millennium Wilkinson Eyre design
photo © Adrian Welch

Glasgow Bridge, Scotland
Richard Rogers Partnership / Atkins
Glasgow Bridge design
picture : Steve Hosey Graphics

Golden Gate Bridge, USA
Irving F. Morrow / Gertrude C. Morrow
Golden Gate Bridge
photo © Andrew McRae

Karolina Bridge, Czech Republic
Eva Jiricna Architects
Karolina Bridge design
picture from architect

Lee Valley Bridge Designs, London, UK
Amin Taha Architects
Cow Bridge
image from architects

Lintas Bridge, France
Ian Ritchie Architects
Lintas Bridge
image © Jocelyne Van den Bossche

London Millennium Bridge, England
Foster + Partners
London Millennium Bridge
picture © Adrian Welch

Lower Hatea Bridge, New Zealand
Knight Architects
Lower Hatea River Crossing
image from architects

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, USA
Santiago Calatrava
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Dallas
picture : Santiago Calatrava LLC

Passerelle Valmy, Paris, France
DFA | Dietmar Feichtinger Architectes
Passerelle Valmy
photo : David Boureau

Peace Bridge Calgary, Canada
Santiago Calatrava
Peace Bridge
picture : Santiago Calatrava LLC

Puentes Cascara, Spain
Designers: West 8 & MRIO
Puentes Cascara
photo © West 8 urban design & land. architecture

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Bridge Architecture – No Images

Fabian Way Bridge, Port Tennant, Swansea, Wales, UK
Studio Bednarski

Fenghua Bridge, Tianjin, China
Marc Mimram Architects

Newport City Footbridge – over River Usk, Newport, Wales, UK
Grimshaw with Atkins

Piazzale Roma Bridge, Venice, Italy

Santiago Calatrava Architects

Puente del Alamillo, Sevilla, Spain
Santiago Calatrava Architects

Calgary Bridge Design Competition

Calgary Bridge Design Contest
Calgary Bridge
image from architect
Calgary Bridge Design Competition

San Diego Coronado Bridge, California, USA – Lighting Contest Winners
San Diego Bridge Lighting
image from Peter Fink

Forth Road Bridge

Comments / photos for the Contemporary Bridge Architecture page welcome