The Hanging Bridge
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The Hanging Bridge
The Vizcaya Bridge (Spain) was built to connect the two banks which are situated at the mouth of the Nervion River. It is the world's oldest transporter bridge and was built in 1893, designed by Alberto Palacio, one of Gustave Eiffel's disciples. It was the solution given by the engineer to the problem of connecting the towns of Portugalete and Getxo without disrupting the maritime traffic of the Port of Bilbao and without having to build a massive structure with long ramps. It was design to transport passengers and cargo, and could allow ships to go through.
On July 13, 2006, the Vizcaya Bridge was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In Spain, it is the only monument in the Industrial Heritage category. UNESCO considers the bridge to be a perfect combination of beauty and functionality. It was the first to use a combination of iron technology and new steel cables which began a new form of constructing bridges which was later imitated throughout the world.
The bridge, still in use, is 164 meters long, and its gondola can transport six cars and several dozen passengers in one and a half minutes. An estimated four million passengers and half a million vehicles use the bridge annually.
For this project I design a replica of the hanging bridge and his functionality transporting people and cars. Both sides of the river, where the gondola arrives, includes some representative topics of the city, as the newspaper shop. Also I wanted to represent autumn as the weather in Bilbao is rainy most of the year
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