In a world of bamboo skyscrapers
and transforming apartments
, it's easy to forget about the bridge, the humble structure that makes getting from point A to B all the more simple.
But today, world-class architects, artists, designers are collaborating with city councils to bring bridges to the center stage, creating new landmarks that are as ambitious and inventive as the buildings that surround them.
1/9 – Zayed National Museum (Abu Dhabi)
This year is a big one for the United Arab Emirates, not least because of the opening of the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi. The museum, dedicated to the history and culture of the UAE, is modeled on a bird's wings. It was designed by Pritztker Prize-winning British architect Norman Foster of Foster+ Partners. Credit:
Foster + Partners
Check out the gallery above for a look at the most spectacular bridges erected in recent years -- and a few that could define the skylines of the future.