Friday, September 4, 2009

Crazy Bridges

The dutch do things... oddly. Take this bridge, for instance.

While this bridge makes for a great bit of "local color," the strange diagonal design arose primarily for functionality's sake. The land around these canals is at a premium, and a diagonal single-cantilever bridge, like this one, is the best way to save space while still allowing both water and ground traffic.

I like it. Though functional, it also was "tweaked" to make it more aesthetically pleasing. The design of the counterweight is whimsical, complimenting the paint scheme (and the whole bridge layout) well. I also like how the roadway markings continue down the supporting arm (you can see it in the third picture).

Leave it to the people who gave us wooden clogs to conjure up something that is useful, but at the same time looks like it was taken from a fairy tale or Dr. Seuss book.

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