The Windmill Bridge – All Bridges Should Look Like This

This gorgeous bridge design is the work of architects Giovanna and Luisa Saracino, who – along with design partner Francesco Colarossi – came in second in a contest intended to promote construction of a bridge connecting Bagnara and Scilla in Italy.

I can’t say why the design didn’t win (although I’d like to see at least one “massive, worldwide OPEC / Illuminati / gray alien conspiracy” in the comments), but a “solar highway” like this one could us the structure of the wind turbine as stressed members and structural support, and surely generate enough wind-power to supply nearby rest-stops and fueling stations, as well as supplement regional homes and businesses.

The innovative turbine bridge’s pedestrian walkway would be covered in electricity-generating solar panels as well as a series of small greenhouses, in a bid to promote local independent growers to set up shop in what would surely become a regional icon.

You can see more of the bridge designer’s ideas in the gallery, below.

SourceNew Italian Blood, via Gizmodo.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.