Personally, I’ve lamented how architecture and design – at least when it comes to everyday necessities like bridges – has gotten lame and uninspired in the modern age. Where bridges used to be arched and notched and spoked and made of sparkling metals, they’re now simple, flat, concrete, and flat-out boring.
Not so in Da Nang, Vietnam, however, where the Golden Bridge’s design is wowing natives and visitors alike.
It appears to be held aloft by two giant stone hands and stands 1400m above sea level, offering stunning views of the countryside around and below it. The gold-colored walkway is lined with purple Chrysanthemums and stretches nearly 150m in elegant curves.
TA Landscape Architecture designed the bridge, and reveal that the “stone” hands actually…aren’t. They’re steel mesh covered with fiberglass and the faux-stone design, and the construction took about a year.
The gorgeous bridge is just one more reason tourists are discovering and flocking to Vietnam in record numbers – the Golden Bridge is part of a $2billion investment that aims to bring more than 1.5 million visitors to the area every year.
I don’t know about you, but the fact that they’re investing in structures like this can’t hurt tourism. In fact, it’s making me want to visit and take a look for myself!