Helix Bridge , the world’s first double helix pedestrian bridge , is located in Marina Bay , Singapore . The bridge was officially open to the public on 24 April 2010 and is already being considered an architectural marvel .
The constructions lasted two years to complete and it connects to Singapore’s second casino resort, Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort. The bridge is built with special stainless steel tubes that are assembled in spiral fashion with great precision.
The new pedestrian bridge links Marina Centre and Marina South, which are both areas of the Marina Bay project, a large development including high end resorts and a business and financial center.
Inspired by the structure of DNA, the pedestrian bridge stretches 280 meters over the bay and includes a computer-controlled lighting system to set the mood.
Designed by Australian firm Cox Group, engineering firm Arup and Singapore-based Architects 61, the bridge is made up of a major and minor steel helix that wind around each other. If the steel was stretched out straight end to end, it would “measure 2,250 meters long, and the entire structure weighs about 1,700 tons, which is equivalent to about 1,130 saloon cars.”
Canopies are incorporated along parts of the inner spiral to provide shade for pedestrians. The bridge has five viewing platforms sited at strategic locations which provide stunning views of the Singapore skyline and events taking place within Marina Bay. At night, the bridge is illuminated by a series of lights that highlight the double-helix structure and creating a special visual experience for the visitors.
- Carries -Pedestrians
- Crosses – Singapore River
- Material used – Steel, fitted-glass and steel mesh canopies
- Total length – 280m
- Opened – April 24, 2010