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Used to be ..<< The Tallest Bridge in the World : Millau Viaduct, France >>

Millau Viaduct, France (under construction)

Designed by : Sir Norman Foster & Partners


Bridges are often considered to belong to the engineer's realm rather than the architect's. But the architecture of infrastructure has a powerful impact on the environment. The Millau Viaduct, designed in collaboration with engineers, illustrates how the architect can play an integral role in bridge design.



Located in southern France, the bridge will connect the motorway from Paris to Barcelona at the point where it is interrupted by the River Tarn, which runs through a wide gorge between two plateaux. A reading of the topography suggested two possible approaches: to cross the river, the geological generator of the landscape; or there was the challenge of spanning the 2.5 kilometres from one plateau to the other in the most economical manner.



The structural solution follows from the latter philosophical standpoint. The bridge has the optimum span between cable-stayed columns. It is delicate, transparent, and uses the minimum
material, which makes it less costly to construct. Each of its sections spans 350 metres and its columns range in height from 75 metres to 345 metres - higher than the Eiffel Tower - with the masts rising a further 90 metres above the road deck. To accommodate the expansion and contraction of the concrete deck, each column splits into two thinner, more flexible columns below the roadway, forming an A-frame above deck level. This structure creates a dramatic silhouette - and crucially it makes the minimum intervention in the landscape.

Millau Viaduct Website

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Appointment Date: 1993

Construction Date: 2002

Completion Date: 2005

Statistics: Length: 2.5 km

Height: 280 m

Client: Department of Transport and Public Works of France

Consultants:
Chapelet-Defol-Mousseigne
Ove Arup and Partners











 

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Heres a reply.

I am totally shocked that the French have let this happen to that beautiful countryside. Several large concrete posts that dominate the surrounding area is ugly. Yes the design construction is truly something else, but not in a beautiful area, cuty yes.
 

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On the whole, the French do not like skyscrapers in their cities but can surprisingly accept bridges in the countryside...Ah the French ! :D
 

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My foot! ;)
 
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damn thas ugly as hell, it truly does spoil the landscape, y the hell do they need a bridge that size over those small rolling hills. Just a waste of money, a simple road could do.
 

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The millau's landscape has no interest. The hill are'nt so small... but the column of the bridge are very high: 345m. And the valley is very large.

Most of the time, a bridge is build to cross a river or a valley. So there are a lots of bridges in the world which change a valley or river's landscape....


There are two good reasons to build this bridge:

- Complete this highway. The only one part which is not build is this 2.8km section. The traffic jam in the little town "Millau" is terrible.
- Show to everybody that the french engineers and compagnies are at the top of the technology to build the greatest structures of the world. That's why they built the "vasco de gama" bridge (portugal) or the confederation bridge (north america) for example. (after the great "Normandie" bridge) ;)
 

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Wow, that's one giant of a bridge! But I think it is really a great relief for the congestion in the south part of France, especially during the holiday season. Less traffic has to go through Lyon (always a traffic hellhole).

The bridge isn't that ugly. There are many many more bridges crossing valleys and rivers all over the world that are uglier than this one. But I do hope they will paint it and not leave it concrete-gray. Bright white or light-blue or something will be nicer and the thing will less detonate with the surroundings.
 
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It's really fabulous you know, every summer, Lyon have a lot of traffics, most of people on motorway come from the north of Europe and want to go on mediterranean coasts in France or Spain, with this brigde, people who want to go in Spain will take "Paris-Barcelona" motorway, and the others will take "Paris-Lyon-Marseille" motorway...
 

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That is a big one. Maybe it spoils the landscape a bit... but I like the design.. it's amazingly huge!
 
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i'm ok with you, :eek:hno: :eek:hno: :eek:hno: :eek:hno: :eek:hno: Sir Norman is not Architect Landscaper
 
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