Viaduc Millau

Stand back for a particularly well designed modernist bridge spanning the world of Foster. It’s futuristic smart elegant lines hide the inner mechanics and out of sight engineering sophistication, hidden like a sleek machine.

The viewer enjoys this breathtaking sensibility by driving through the clouds like a bird. It’s a rare experience to be driving over elevated clouds. What a magnificent way to drive to your destination.

The Millau Viaduct (French: le Viaduc de Millau) is a large cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the river Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by the structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, with one mast’s summit at 343 metres (1,125 ft) — slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 38 m (125 ft) shorter than the Empire State Building. The viaduct is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris to Béziers. It was formally dedicated on 14 December 2004, inaugurated the day after and opened to traffic two days later. The bridge won the 2006 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award.

Viaduc Millau in landscape format
Viaduc Millau in landscape format

City Hall, London

The Norman Foster design, on the south bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge, is a deliberately iconic building. Its form – a distorted glass sphere, sometimes seen as head-shaped – is justified in terms of two sorts of function: environmental, reducing the total glass surface area of the building; and democratic, with the whole building designed around a magnificent interior ramp down which the people can symbolically walk above the debating chamber of their elected representatives. Link