Photographer captures beauty of the 'Bridge of Eyes'
Take a walk around and through one of the world's coolest new bridges.
To call this bridge eye-opening would be doing its description a real justice. Named for the city in which it's located – Be'er Sheva in central Israel – the 690-foot-long bridge's double helix design gives it the appearance of having two large eyes.
Designed by Tel Aviv firm Bar Orian Architects, the structure is composed of more than 200 different steel-beam cross sections that support the four intersecting arches that create the two eye-shaped forms.
Bar Orian Architects won a bid for the bridge in 2011 and built it with the help of Rokach Ashkenazi Engineers. It officially opened this year.
The bridge is devoid of cladding, allowing its open sides to let air flow naturally through the structure. The design is also meant to unite the interior with its surroundings rather than cut it off with an enclosure.
Architecture photographer Lior Teitler originally snapped the images in this article for Israeli design firm Knekash, which used bamboo provided by Netherlands-based firm MOSO for the flooring and ceiling.
"When approaching it for the first time, one is dwarfed by its sheer size," Teitler told From The Grapevine of his reaction to seeing the bridge for the first time.
"You can't avoid the large ceiling that spans the whole length of the bridge and extends out towards the sky. Two large beams that support the ceiling are placed at an angle towards you when you approach it that demand respect and create a great sense of presence!"
Built to link the city's high-tech industrial zone to a nearby carpark, which until the construction of the bridge had been cut off, it has solved a minor problem in spectacular fashion. Or as Teitler put it, "It's as beautiful as an urban monument but serves an important purpose."
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