In bustling cities we rarely get a chance to admire the beauty of nature around us. But architect Rafael Viñoly wants people to slow down and enjoy gorgeous view of landscape. So, Viñoly has constructed a ring-shaped Laguna Garzon Bridge that stretches across a lagoon on Uruguay’s southern coast. Replacing a raft crossing that connects the cities of Rocha and Maldonado, the concrete circular structure lies in middle of the water on cylindrical piles.
This aesthetically breathtaking bridge, forms ‘a lagoon within a lagoon’ for letting people swim, fish or sightsee. It stands firmly to provide a crossing for up to 1,000 vehicles each day, while the road is bracketed by a pair of pedestrian walkways for people to enjoy surrounding views while walking.
According to Viñoly, New York-based Uruguayan architect,
The concept of the Puente Laguna Garzon was to transform a traditional vehicular crossing into an event that reduces the speed of the cars, to provide an opportunity to enjoy panoramic views to an amazing landscape, and at the same time create a pedestrian place in the centre.
This bridge project took 12 months for completion and was funded by Eduardo Constantini, a developer who is responsible for a tourist development on the Rocha side of the bridge. The idea for this project was to connect the city with the surreal lagoon sight. By incorporating both locations, it allows local citizens as well as tourists to get in touch with the beautiful scenery of the landscape.
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