Norman Foster & Partners
Bridges are often considered to belong to the engineer's realm rather than the architect's. But the architecture of infrastructure has a powerful impact on the environment.
A reading of the topography suggested two possible approaches:
to celebrate the act of crossing the river, the geological
generator of the landscape; or to articulate the challenge of
spanning the 2.5 kilometres from one plateau to the other in the
most economical manner.
The structural solution follows from the latter philosophical standpoint. The bridge has the optimum span between cable-stayed columns. It is delicate, transparent, and uses the minimum material, which makes it less costly to construct.
Facts about Millau Viaduct
Steel deck and masts above deck level, concrete piers below deck.
Transparent aerodynamic side screens protect vehicles from high wind gusts.
Ove Arup & Partners
Department of Transport and Public Works of France
Last updated: December 14, 2012