Architecture is a rich playground when it comes to engineering, especially when you consider the era in which certain constructions were created and the knowledge and materials that were available to designers then.
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
This suspension bridge links Kobe, a city on Japan’s Honshu mainland, to Iwaya on Awaji Island on the Seto Inland Sea. It crosses the lively Akashi Strait and forms part of the Honshu-Shikoku Highway.
The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge is a marvel of engineering as well as record-breaker. While it isn’t very long, it is able to withstand earthquakes measuring as much as 8.5 on the Richter Scale, the highest possible magnitude and one which generally causes severe levels of destruction and great loss of life.
The Aqueduct of Segovia is a Roman conduit in Spain that stands as one of the best-preserved examples of channels from this period in history, 27 BC – 476 AD. What remains of the structure stands 28.5 metres tall at its top height and nearly six metres deep in its main section. Along a stretch of 14 kilometres of rolling landscape the aqueduct adjusts to the contours of the city, hills, and the valley and creates a sense of grandeur.
The Burj Khalifa
Known as the Burj Dubai before it was inaugurated in 2010, the Burj Khalifa is a skyscraper in that city that stands a whopping 829.8 metres high. It’s been the tallest structure and building on earth since 2009.
The Great Wall of China
The collective name for a series of fortification systems erected along the historical northern Chinese borders to consolidate the country’s states and empires against attack from steppe nomadic groups and their polities, the Great Wall of China is the longest wall and biggest piece of ancient architecture on earth.
Thanks to the internet, you don’t even have to travel to China to see it. Like the fact that you can talk to friends and family via video call, or enjoy betting sites across the world right from your living room, this structure is available for online viewing.
The Palm islands
This is an engineering project of truly staggering proportions composed of three man-made islands, the Deira, Palm Jebel Ali, and Palm Jumeirah. Situated on the coast of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, creation of the islands began in 2001 and only the Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Jumeirah have been completed so far.
The Taj Mahal
Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the ivory-white marble mausoleum known as the Taj Mahal on the Yamuna River’s south bank in 1632. It is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, his favourite wife, and additionally acts as the burial chamber for the Shah himself. Its special quality can be put down to its vast beauty, for which it’s been recognised as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The Trans-Siberian Railroad
This network of railways connects the Russian Far East with Moscow along a length of 9 289 kilometres. It’s the longest railway line in the world.