10 Bridges with Incredible Structures

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Architect Venue 1
Jiubei Town, Lianzhou, Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province, China.
Architect Venue 2
Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk.
Vøringsfossen waterfall, Hardangervidda national park, Norway.
Architect Venue 3
Copenhagen, Denmark.
Architect Venue 4
Puçol, Valencia, Spain.
Architect Venue 5
Tintagel, Cornwall, UK.
Architect Venue 6
Richard Meier.
Alessandria, Piedmont, Italy.
Architect Venue 7
Team of Chinese engineers.
Guizhou, China.
Architect Venue 8
Architect Venue 9
Foster + Partners.
River Tarn, Millau, France.
Architect Venue 10
Olafur Eliasson.
Copenhagen, Denmark.

Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University. UAD

UAD. Founded in 1953, the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University (UAD) has been one of the earliest Grade-A design institutes among national key universities.

The business scope of the Institute covers design of high-rise buildings, hotels, business complex and administrative office buildings; planning and design of campus, cinemas, libraries, museums, residential community, sports facilities, hospitals and other cultural buildings; design of intelligence architectural system, indoor decoration, landscape, municipal public engineering, geotechnical engineering, curtain walling; maintenance and protection of cultural relics, modern buildings and energy saving assessment for all civil construction projects.

Under the principles of ‘Building harmonious atmosphere; Expanding horizon to the world; Combining production, studying, research and innovation; Pursuing higher, stronger, more elegant and professional’, UAD has received  certification of the ISO9001 quality system evaluation on January 16, 2000.

UAD now is composed of seven comprehensive architectural design institutes, four professional architectural scheme design institutes, one professional studio, three professional design institutes, one engineering technology research center, one quality and technology center, one consultation company, one energy conservation company, nine teachers studio and nine subsidiaries.

With the Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering  Jingtang HE and Qiushi Chair Professor of Zhejiang University Yue WU as Art Director, UAD is  proud of its excellent employees,including one Master of Chinese Engineering Design, eight Winners of Architectural Society of China Young Architect Award, one hundred and eleven  Class-one Registered Architects (PRC) , sixty-nine Class-one Registered Structural Engineers (PRC), fourteen Registered Geotechnical Engineers, fourteen Registered Consulting Engineers, seven Registered Cost Assessment Engineers, thirteen Registered Electrical Engineers, twenty-three Registered Water Supply and Drainage Engineers, sixteen Registered Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Engineers, one Registered Power Engineer, and thirteen Registered Planning Engineers,one Constructor.

Supported by Zhejiang University, UAD has persisted in integration of design, education and research, and has a tradition of relying on brilliant technological talents such as Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, Cheung Kong Scholar, and school professors to enhance architecture creation. It has also been actively participating in competitions throughout the market, and has been carrying out joint project designs with many other domestic design companies. In addition, UAD has set up close ties with many well-known international design companies such as Niken Sekkei (Japan), HOK (US), GMP (Germany), COX (Australia), PTW (Australia) worldwide. During the past 60 years, the Institute has been awarded more than 500 design and research prizes on the level of nation, ministry or province, winning herself high social reputation and profiting from its accomplishments.

Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk

Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk. Born in Horten, Norway in 1958. Studied at the Oslo School of Architecture 1978-84 and at the Cooper Union, New York 1984-85. Worked at the architectural office of the Norwegian State Railways 1986-88.

He has taught at the Oslo School of Architecture and at the Rhode Island School of Design, and lectured at other schools of architecture. He has maintained a private practice in Oslo since 1992.

Hølmebakk was nominated for Mies van der Rohe Pavillion Award in 1996, 2000 and 2009 and has received several Norwegian architecture prizes. His recent work includes "Branntomta" commercial and residential buildings in the centre of Trondheim (as part of Team3, with Arne Henriksen and Jensen & Skodvin), Visitors Centre at "Bjerkebæk" museum in Lillehammer and Sohlbergplassen Viewpoint in the Rondane Mountain.

Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre. Wilkinson Eyre

Wilkinson Eyre, twice winners of both the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize and the RIBA Lubetkin Prize, is one of the UK’s leading architecture practices. Its portfolio of bold, beautiful, intelligent architecture includes the Guangzhou International Finance Center – one of the tallest buildings in the world; the giant, cooled conservatories for Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, the new Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth and the acclaimed temporary structure of the London 2012 Basketball Arena. Current projects  include the  refurbishment of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s Grade II-listed Battersea Power Station, the new medicine galleries for the Science Museum and a resort hotel for Crown in Sydney.

Francisco Valiente Alonso FVAI

FVAI is a structural engineering, architecture, and design studio working in Spain, France, America, and North Africa on a variety of building, rehabilitation, bridge, and walkway projects. We are in all phases of the project, from conception to execution, through verification and optimization of projects.

FVAI was created in 2015 based on the relevant experience accumulated by its components for almost 20 years in major projects, from conception to construction management and execution of bridges, walkways, homes, factories, high-voltage lines, offices, stadiums or swimming pools, working for construction companies or with Spanish or French architects.

The director Francisco Valiente Alonso, is a Civil Engineer, Architect, and has a Master in Bridges from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. He was project director of the MIMRAM agency in Paris, before being a founding partner of DVVD in 2005. From 2011 to 2015 he is director of DVVD in Spain. Francisco Valiente is an associate professor of reinforced and prestressed concrete at the Department of Construction Engineering and Civil Engineering Projects at the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

FVAI's work is based on adding value to the buildings in which it participates. They are used to working both on the architect side and on the construction side; This bicephalia is very interesting since we understand broadly the problem of the work in which each participant has their own interests.

When theye work with architects we contribute logic and economy to the main intentions of the project; They work so that the structure is put at the service of intentions, anticipating potential adverse conditions.

When they work with construction companies they provide economic solutions that maintain the quality of the architecture and that allow the company to save on materials, lead time or facilitate commissioning by adapting the structure to the construction capabilities.

WMA William Matthews

WMA is a creatively driven architecture studio that delivers fresh and elegant designs that set the highest standards; socially, environmentally and architecturally. Established in 2013 and based in central London the practice designs all types and scales of projects, both in the UK and internationally. Current and completed projects range from a handcrafted kayak for Wallpaper* Magazine to a regeneration project for the largest ski resort in Bulgaria.

The practice has won several international competitions including the UBA Gallery in Sofia, the Tintagel Footbridge in Cornwall and the Borovets ski resort project.  In 2017, the practice received a special mention for its submission to the Ross Pavilion competition in Edinburgh, working in collaboration with Sou Fujimoto Architects.  As a firm we enjoy collaborating with other architects, engineers and artists in delivery unique and unexpected design solutions.

Prior to starting the firm William Matthews was an Associate at Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris. During his time there he completed a variety of internationally recognised projects such as the Beyeler Foundation Basel, Potsdamer Platz Berlin and the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

From 2001 until its completion in 2013 William led the design team of the Shard in London.


Richard Meier is well known and respected around the world for his architecture and designs. He has been awarded major commissions in the United States and Europe including courthouses, city halls, museums, corporate headquarters, housing and private residences. Some of his best-known projects include The Getty Center in Los Angeles, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Frankfurt Museum for Decorative Arts in Germany, the Canal Plus Television Headquarters in Paris, the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, and the Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana.

Recognized with the highest honors available in architecture, in 1997 he received the AIA Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects as well as the Praemium Imperiale from the Japanese Government, in recognition of a lifetime achievement in the arts. In 1995, he was elected Fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the Deutscher Architekture Preis in 1993 and in 1992 the French Government awarded him with the honor of Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1989, the Royal Institute of British Architects, of which he is a Fellow, awarded him the Royal Gold Medal.

In 1984, Mr. Meier was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, considered the field's highest honor. He was the youngest recipient of this award in the history of the prize. In the same year, Mr. Meier was selected architect for the prestigious commission to design the $1 billion Getty Center in Los Angeles, California.

Since receiving his architectural education at Cornell University, he has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Naples, New Jersey Institute of Technology, The New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute and the University of Bucharest.

Mr. Meier has given numerous lectures throughout the world and participated in many juries. He has written and been the subject of many books and monographs and innumerable newspaper and magazine articles. In addition to being on the Board of Directors of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and the American Academy in Rome, he is also a Fellow of the French and Belgian Academies d'Architecture, and a member of the Bund Deutscher Architekten and the American Academy of Arts & Letters, from which he received the Brunner Prize for Architecture in 1976.

Mr. Meier has taught at Cooper Union, Princeton University, Pratt Institute, Harvard University, Yale University and UCLA. He currently holds the Frank T. Rhodes Class of 1956 University Professorship at Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and received a Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter in 1980 and the Gold Medal from the Los Angeles Chapter in 1998. His numerous design awards include 29 National AIA Honor Awards and 53 Regional AIA Design Awards.

Leila Araghian

Leila Araghian, (Persian: لیلا عراقیان‎‎; born in 1983), is an Iranian architect. She has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia, where she won the UBC Architecture Alumni Henry Elder Prize. She previously studied architecture in Iran, at Shahid Beheshti University. In 2005, Araghian co-founded Diba Tensile Architecture, a company specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of membrane structures. She was chief architect and designer of the Tabiat Bridge in Tehran, a pedestrian bridge opened in late 2014 which has won several prizes.


Norman Foster is considered by many to be the most prominent architect in Britain. He won the 1999 Pritzker Architecture Prize and the 2009 Príncipe de Asturias de las Artes Prize.

Lord Foster rebuilt the Reichstag as a new German Parliament in Berlin and designed a contemporary Great Court for the British Museum. He linked St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern with the Millennium Bridge, a steel footbridge across the Thames. He designed the Hearst Corporation Building in Manhattan, at 57th Street and Eighth Avenue.

He was born in Manchester, England, in 1935. Among his firm’s many other projects are London’s City Hall, the Bilbao Metro in Spain, the Canary Wharf Underground Station in London and the renovated courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

In the 1970s, Lord Foster was one of the most visible practitioners of high-tech architecture that fetishized machine culture. His triumphant 1986 Hong Kong and Shanghai bank building, conceived as a kit-of-parts plugged into a towering steel frame, was capitalism's answer to the populist Pompidou Center in Paris.

Nicolai Ouroussoff, The Times’s architecture critic, has written that although Lord Foster’s work has become sleeker and more predictable in recent years, his forms are always driven by an internal structural logic, and they treat their surroundings with a refreshing bluntness.

Awarded the Prince of Asturias of the Arts 2009.


​Olafur Eliasson (Copenhagen, 1967) studied at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Copenhagen between 1989 and 1995. He represented Denmark in the 2003 Venice Biennale and has exhibited his work at numerous international museums. His work is part of private and public collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles and Tate Modern in London, where his seminal work The weather project was exhibited. Eliasson lives and works in Berlin and Copenhagen.

Eliasson represented Denmark at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and later that year installed The weather project at Tate Modern, London. Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, a survey exhibition organised by SFMOMA in 2007, travelled until 2010 to various venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

As professor at the Universität der Künste Berlin, Eliasson founded the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute of Space Experiments) in 2009, an innovative model of arts education. In 2012, he launched Little Sun, a solar-powered lamp developed together with the engineer Frederik Ottesen to improve the lives of the approximately 1.6 billion people worldwide without access to electricity. Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, for which he created the façade in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects, was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award 2013.

Verklighetsmaskiner (Reality machines) at t he Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2015, became the museum’s most visited show by a living artist. In 2016 Eliasson created a series of interventions for the palace and gardens of Versailles, including an enormous artificial waterfall that cascaded into the Grand Canal.

His other projects include Studio Other Spaces, an international office for art and architecture which he founded in Berlin in 2014 with  architect Sebastian Behmann; and Little Sun, a social business and global project providing clean, affordable light  and encouraging sustainable development, with engineer Frederik  Ottesen.




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