Remember those creaky swaying bridges in the movies? How our heroes had to use them although they seemed so fragile, with some wooden planks coming off now and then. Sometimes even horses would attempt to speed across!
The picture above no doubt is of a bridge, but with an unique form and structure, which of course does serve its primary purpose.
Constructed for the town of Zappalar in Chile, it helps pedestrians to safely navigate across which was otherwise unsafe, as the road was curved and raised. Houses built on hills for the local families needed a connectivity. Even for job purposes people had to dangerously cross the road, even when the visibility for oncoming traffic was awfully poor. The solution…was this footbridge.
This is how it looks from below, as if a long boat in the air with multiple oars.
Not only this connects the hills but will also bridge water pipes and electricity.
An “arch”-itectural beauty by Enrique Browne y Asociados Arquitectos.
Structural Engineering by Alfonso Larrain.
Photos by Enrique Browne.[source: archdaily.com]