In the world of architecture, perhaps nothing is more utilitarian than a bridge. Indeed, not only do these spanning structures allow us to safely pass over a gap, but unlike some skyscrapers and homes, everyone has access to using a bridge. And just because they are functional does not mean they have to be ordinary in design. In fact, it’s in bridges that some of the world’s biggest architects show what their creative minds are capable of. From the Zaha Hadid–designed bridge in Abu Dhabi, to perhaps the lesser known Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran, AD rounds up 17 of the world’s most beautiful bridges. In function, they allow us to reach the other side of the divide. In form, however, they do something else entirely.
Puente de la Mujer (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
High Bridge (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Nescio Bridge (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Rialto Bridge (Venice, Italy)
Zubizuri (Bilbao, Spain)
Manhattan Bridge (New York City, U.S.A.)
Sheikh Zayed Bridge (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
Széchenyi Chain Bridge (Budapest, Hungary)
Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, U.S.A.)
Tower Bridge (London, England)
The Helix Bridge (Singapore)
The Helix Bridge twists through the heart of Singapore, linking Marina Centre with Marina South. Completed in 2010, the bridge stands out in a city with modern architectural gems.