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China Plans to Design and Build Incredible 'Disappearing' Bridges

Dec 15, 2016 06:54 AM EST
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A new daring design has been developed for one of China's most iconic tourist attractions has raised some awe, but at the same time some eyebrows, during its announcement. Designed by a French architect Martin Duplantier, a seemingly disappearing bridge will be situated in China's Wulingyuan region, one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

For all those who are curious, the bridge will not actually disappear. There is no new technology that will make materials from the bridge disappear in a snap. Instead, they plan to build an intricately design steel walking trail in between quartzite sandstone columns along the beautiful mountain view in the Wulingyuan region.

Though the bridge will not physically disappear, the developers of this innovation wish to create an optical illusion that will make it seem as if the bridge is not there so as to not affect the beautiful picturesque view of the mountains and quartzite sandstone columns. According to a report from the Architectural Digest, this specific footbridge will be designed from materials that could be reflective especially when wet. They target black stone and stainless steel as one of the probable materials to be used.

Inhabitat also reports that there are sections of the bridge's flooring which will be transparent, to allow thrill seekers to be able to enjoy the endless void of emptiness at the bottom of the columns. They also plan to build a café and a lodge to allow visitors and viewers to have a relaxing night at the top of the mountains.

Though the construction of this very ambitious revolution in construction has not been detailed yet, China has been known to be daring in this aspect of the industry. This is not the first time that China has developed such a revolutionizing venture in construction. The Daily Mail has reported that a glass-bottom bridge has been built between valleys almost a thousand feet apart. These kinds of attractions are meant for adventure seekers and not for the frail of heart. 

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