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16 of the Most Beautiful Bridges in the World

Architectural Digest Logo By Nick Mafi of Architectural Digest | Slide 1 of 17: In the world of architecture, perhaps nothing is more utilitarian than a bridge. Indeed, not only do these long-spanning structures allow us to safely pass over a gap, but unlike some skyscrapers and homes, everyone has access to use 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 worlds biggest architects show what their creative mind is capable of accomplishing. From the Zaha Hadid-designed bridge in Abu Dhabi, to perhaps the lesser known Kaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran, AD rounds up sixteen 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.

In the world of architecture, perhaps nothing is more utilitarian than a bridge. Indeed, not only do these long-spanning structures allow us to safely pass over a gap, but unlike some skyscrapers and homes, everyone has access to use 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 worlds biggest architects show what their creative mind is capable of accomplishing. From the Zaha Hadid-designed bridge in Abu Dhabi, to perhaps the lesser known Kaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran, AD rounds up sixteen 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.

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