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Bridges (September, 2004)

Peter O'Donnell

Sir Thomas' Bridge

Peter Nyfeler

Salginatobel Bridge / Worldmonument of Switzerland

Between Schiers and Schuders, Graubuenden, Switzerland

September 18, 2004 (GMT +01:00) 3:41 pm

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Viewed today as an architectural jewel, this Maillart Bridge was built because it was the least expensive at that time. There was a large choice: Two months after the invitation to tender for its construction, in the summer of 1928, the cantonal building authority had 19 projects for salgina brook crossing. Preference was given the cheapest offer by the company Prader, although they didn't really feel comfortable with the unusually lank construction. This was one of Robert Maillart's projects. The clever engineer was once successful at finding the most economic bridge solution by making the most sparing use possible of reinforced concrete, which was very expensive at that time.

The Salginatobel Bridge is a highlight of 20th century bridge architecture. As an outstanding engineering feat an modern work of art, it has an almost magical attraction to experts and artists alike since its completion in 1930. In 1991, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) declared this exceptional bridge a "world monument". Today, around 30 structures form a small group of the most significant engineering cerations, including well known ones such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Statue of Liberty in New York, or the Panama Canal, to name a few.

Almost ten years later, after a world wide survey, the renowned British trade journal "Bridge - design & engineering" voted the Salginatobel Bridge the most beautiful bridge of the century.

Additional Information:

Schierstourismus
Worldmonument Salginatobelbridge

More fullscreen panoramas of Salginatobel Bridge by Peter Nyfeler at Bridge - wwp 904

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Nikon D70 with Nikkor 10.5 mm, Monopod with ballhead and selfmade panohead,
PTGui 3.7 with autopano, Photoshop CS and PanoCube Plus

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