December 14, 2004
A huge new viaduct in the south of France

A dramatic new bridge!

Taller than the Eiffel Tower and longer than the Champs Elysee, the Millau viaduct was today unveiled by President Jacques Chirac to acclaim as a marvel of art and architecture.

Its seven slender pillars, the tallest rising to 1,122ft (340 metres), were likened to needles supporting a taut thread in one the many poetic newspaper front pages marking the elegant structure's unveiling to the nation.

That's how Times Online reports its opening, and these Times Online photos were the best I could find of it.

MillauViaduct.jpg

This picture of the bridge under construction, from above, is also very good.

Economically it looks crazy to me. A few more curves on the road and they could surely have saved themselves billions. But what the hell, it looks very fine. And a British architect! Although, I'm not sure it's exactly what you'd call architecture.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 07:22 PM
Category: ArchitectureDesign