Bridges play a crucial role in connecting people, places and commodities. Yet as well as being functional, a lot of these structures are designed with an imaginative touch that adds to their surrounding environments. Still, sometimes building such important links over rivers and other waterways can prove especially challenging. And bridges for pedestrian and vehicle traffic may disrupt the movement of ships and barges – which in turn can be bad for business.
To compensate for this, inventive engineers and architects have risen to the challenge, creating a range of movable bridges that are intended to work in harmony with water traffic, causing as little disruption as possible. The following ten movable bridges have all been masterfully engineered, and among them are traditional examples, as well as more unusual designs – some of which even curl and fold.