Laguna Garzon Bridge is a ring-shaped road bridge designed by the Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly. This cool looking bridge stretches across a lagoon and connects Maldonado and Rocha cities in Uruguay. After 12 months, over 450 tons of formed steel, 40,000 metres of post-tensioned cables and 3,500 cubic metres of concrete, this architectural beauty is completed and it looks fantastic.
The bridge stands on cylindrical piles and besides it providing a breathtaking view over southern beaches, it’s also very functional. Taken in consideration that around 1,000 vehicles pass the bridge every day, its design and construction will regulate the traffic and make the vehicles slow down. This is especially important for the eco-system since the area is home to black-necked swans, snow geese, flamingos and egrets. The bridge is not only built for vehicles but also has two pedestrian walkways.
Regarding the construction of this bridge, the architect said: “The concept of the Puente Laguna Garzon was to transform a traditional vehicular crossing into an event that reduces the speed of the cars, to provide an opportunity to enjoy panoramic views to an amazing landscape, and at the same time create a pedestrian place in the centre where people can sit, fish, bathe, and stay above the water at a unique point of view”. [via]
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