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Millau Viaduct

Foster and Partners

Europa | Gorges du Tarn

Bridges are often considered to belong to the realm of the engineer rather than that of the architect. But the architecture of infrastructure has a powerful impact on the environment and the Millau Viaduct, designed by Foster and Partners in close collaboration with structural engineers, illustrates how the architect can play an integral role in the design of bridges.
Located in southern France, the bridge, the highest elevated roadway in the world, connects the A75 motorway networks of France and Spain, opening up a direct route from Paris to Barcelona, across the Massif Central. The bridge crosses the River Tarn, which runs through a spectacular gorge between two high plateaux: the northern “Causse Rouge” and the southern “Causse Larzac”. The  motorway has two lanes in each direction with emergency hard shoulders. It takes approximately one minute to cross the bridge by car, and...

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