Design We Love: The Flipper Bridge

What do you do when you have two abutting countries, one of which drives on the right side of the road and the other drives on the left and drivers are often crossing the border? Pass them through a flipper bridge of course.

Such is the case between China and Hong Kong. Drivers in China drive on the right and in Hong Kong they drive on the left side of the road. There is a lot of traffic between these two counties so there was recently a competition to design the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) and Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF).

One of the entries was this ingenious “Flipper Bridge”  by the Dutch firm NL Architects. This elegant solution passes drivers through a figure eight so they automatically end up on the correct side of the road without having to stop or take any awkward turns. Not only extremely function this concept is also lovely, resembling a string of pearls from an aerial view. Alas, it was not a winner; the officials choose a project entitled “Under the Same Roof, China, Macau and Hong Kong as one big family.”

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