Colorful Architecture around the World: Part II

Colorful architecture around the world

Old properties or buildings are made anew by forward-thinking architectures and engineers. Now, bridges are the second installment of the Colorful Architecture around the World series.

Bridges stand alone as isolated structures in the air. Often looming over expanses of water, they link two different lands physically and symbolically. Many of them, such as the Golden Gate Bridge or the Sydney Harbour Bridge, are architectural feats and well-known symbols of their cities. Bridges do not have to amaze through sheer size, however; they can also entertain the eye through beauty, grace, and creativity.

Xiying Rainbow Bridge in Penghu, Taiwan

Colorful architecture around the world

Neon lights reflect off of rippling water in Penghu, Taiwan, home of the Xiying Rainbow Bridge. Lights are attached to the side of the pedestrian bridge that, at night, illuminate the water below with a rainbow spectrum. Users, visitors, and faraway passersby are sure to be enchanted with a design that interacts and extends itself to nature.

Colorful architecture around the world

Slinky Springs to Fame Bridge in Oberhausen, Germany

Colorful architecture around the world

The American slinky toy is the inspiration of the Slinky Springs to Fame Bridge in Oberhausen, Germany. The pedestrian bridge, by Tobias Rehberger, was designed for the EMSCHERKUNST.2010. It arches over the Rhine-Herne Canal to connect two parks on either side.

Four hundred and six meters long, the footpath is made of alternating colored squares. From afar, it looks like a colored ribbon enclosed in a massive, winding spiral. The bridge is an easy, beautiful travel for pedestrians or bikers with a low-angle incline. Although already eye-catching in the day, the walkway and rails are illuminated at night to become a giant, lit ribbon at night.

Colorful architecture around the world

Colorful architecture around the world

(via DesignDaily, EMSCHERKUNST.2013, UrbanPeek)

MIA’s Rainbow Walkway

An elegant rainbow walkway greets visitors as they head toward the MIA Mover at the Miami National Airport. The structure, called “Harmonic Convergence,” was designed by Christopher Janney and put into place in 2011. Its predecessor in that area was “Harmonic Runway,” also by Janney.

The installation is made of 24″ x 24″ glass panels with large “X-bracing” in front. Sunlight filters through and creates colorful reflections off the floor, while at night, flourescent lighting is used. At intervals throughout the day, the different sounds of South Florida play. According to Janney’s website, the score includes the sounds of the Everglades, thunder storms, and tropical birds.

I was able to enjoy seeing this installation after my flight into Miami International Airport in July. The spacious area and beautiful lighting effects were refreshing, especially after a stuffy airplane ride. Greeted by the sounds of a tropical forest, I immediately thought of the Everglades, an icon of Miami. Given the chance, I would have stood in the pathway longer to take in the installation. Unfortunately, I had to catch the train and could only hastily snap a single photo.

Click here to see Christopher Janney’s website.
Source of first photo: Art of Miami