Construction begins on ZHA-designed bridge in Taiwan
Construction has begun on the 920m Danjiang Bridge in Taiwan - the world's longest single-mast, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge.
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, the bridge spans the mouth of the Tamsui River, which flows through Taipei.
Intended to reduce through-traffic on congested local roads by linking two highways and two expressways, the bridge is said to cut traffic down by 30 percent.
The bridge was designed to minimise its visual impact by using a single concrete mast to support its main 450m span with dedicated road, cycling and pedestrian lanes. The design also accommodates plans for future expansion of the Danhai Light Rail network across the Tamsui River.
ZHA worked with Sinotech Engineering Consultants and Leonhardt, Andrä and Partner, to ensure the bridge was further engineered to be as slender as possible.
With a construction schedule of 68 months and budget of NT$12.49billion (US$405.2 million), the Danjiang Bridge is scheduled to open in 2024.