Despite their heaight, it can be difficult for skyscrapers to stand out. There is, after all, only so high they can go, and with the era of megatalls seemingly at an end, designers are turning to alternative ways of elevating their work above the rest of the field.
Skybridges have proven fertile ground for providing an architectural flourish. While they’ve been around for some time — dating, perhaps, as far back as the 17th century — in recent years skybridge design has become increasingly daring.
While every skybridge is an impressive feat of engineering in its own right, few can match the sheer aesthetic audacity on display in Melbourne. Construction at Sapphire by the Gardens got underway in early 2022, and the results will be spectacular.
This is one of the most eye-catching skyscraper designs of recent years, but building something like this 40-storeys above the ground is far from easy. The team trying to make it happen are grappling with extreme height, complex structural forces, and the eyes of Australia looking on.
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Narrator: Fred Mills
Producer: Adam Savage
Video Editing and Graphics: Jim Casey Executive
Producers: Fred Mills and Graham MacAree
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