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Friday Bridge Blogging: Calatrava's Twisted Mind

by DoDo Fri Dec 2nd, 2005 at 06:40:29 AM EST

Today I jump in for PeWi.

Santiago Calatrava is a European star architect from Spain, who seems above all bent on building cable stays and arches in all kinds of seemingly improbable forms, whatever kind of building he was entrusted with designing. His work includes a number of bridges around the world. Here is the 'leaning arch' of the Pont de l'Europe in Orléans, France:

Even stranger is the Three Holland Bridge near Amsterdam's Schipol airport:

What strange bridges do you know?

Earlier bridge bloggings in PeWi's diary.

I always liked Rotterdam's Erasmusbrug

"now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill
by Thor Heyerdahl (thor.heyerdahl@NOSPAMgmail.com) on Fri Dec 2nd, 2005 at 07:56:16 AM EST
Calatrava build a similar one in Sevilla. The picture doesn't really show its beauty - in nature it is much more beautiful. (btw. this is a picture from a site about the bridge)

by Fran on Fri Dec 2nd, 2005 at 09:12:01 AM EST
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We got a few nice bridges, too:

(Source: University of the Air Library)

I will become a patissier, God willing.

by tuasfait on Fri Dec 2nd, 2005 at 08:50:20 AM EST
I always thought this one looked strange, but I can't really explain why:

--Mostar Bridge--
Built by Ottoman Turks (1566), blown to bits by Bosnian-Croats (1993), blocks and pieces located and hoisted out of water by Hungarian military divers (1997-1999), blocks studied for reconstruction (2000-2001), and finally bridge rebuilt (2001-2004)

by Alex in Toulouse on Fri Dec 2nd, 2005 at 10:28:38 AM EST
Calatrava's work is impressive...a piece of art that is a bridge too. Then there's Mostar...what a contrast!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Fri Dec 2nd, 2005 at 04:49:14 PM EST
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A bridge that is going have its 100th anniversary in 2009, the High Level Bridge in Lethbridge, Canada.
It is 1839 meters long and rises 105 meters above the river bed. The bridge contains 12 500 tonnes of structural steel and it took 31 920 litres of paint to give it the original two black coats.
According to Canadian government collections, it is still the highest and longest steel railway bridge in the world.  The Canadian Pacific Railway continues to use it to this day.

1960 photo.

Click here for a Virtual Reality panorama.

"now this is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." W. Churchill

by Thor Heyerdahl (thor.heyerdahl@NOSPAMgmail.com) on Sat Dec 3rd, 2005 at 04:47:15 AM EST

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