You’d think bridges would typically go in a straight line, but not in Uruguay. There, they have a bridge that looks like a giant ring! Designed by architect Rafael Viñoly, the Laguna Garzon Bridge connects two coastal cities (Rocha and Maldonado) and has a distinct ring shape in the middle. If your first guess is that it’s a roundabout, you’re wrong. It’s actually a cleverly designed structure made to slow down passing cars.
With the bridge being built in a sensitive wildlife sanctuary, Viñoly needed a design that would prevent speeding. The bridge’s circular orientation makes sure drivers slow down, and in the process, gives them more time to admire the stunning views around them.
The Laguna Garzon Bridge opened last December and cost over $10 million. Over 450 tons of formed steel, 131,200 feet of post-tensioned cables, and 123,600 cubic feet of concrete were used in the project.