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Minecraft - Akashi Kaikyo Bridge by MinecraftArchitect90 Minecraft - Akashi Kaikyo Bridge by MinecraftArchitect90
My latest Minecraft project, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.
The bridge is about 500 blocks long, I'll make separate uploads from many angles of the bridge. This bridge is very, very long!
Scale is about 1:9 of the real bridge.
Bridge is about 80% complete. Will line six lanes of rails to make it a true bridge for transportation.

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Currently the world's longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge connects the Japanese islands of Honshu from Kobe to Akashi Island to Iwaya. This magnificent bridge is a massive engineering triumph, seen as the ultimate evolution of bridge design & technology, a far cry from the simple, Roman arched bridge.

The bridge had to meet strict requirements before construction, not only did it have to be strong enough to withstand storms & typhoons, but earthquakes as well. Japan is especially prone to earthquakes, so the technological challenges were immense given the scale on which the bridge is to be built.

Construction began in 1988 with the design finalized to be the longest in the world. The two towers holding up the cables are almost as tall as the Eiffel Tower, And if one were to lay the bridge cables, the length of the cables are long enough to circle the world's equator seven times. The bridge spans four kilometers, with six lanes of traffic going both ways

As well as the engineering involved, the cost of the bridge was staggering; estimates say that the bridge cost 500 billion yen. The bridge was completed in 1998 & opened to traffic the same year

The Earthquake that hit Kobe in 1995 was a test of the bridge's design, & even Kobe was badly damaged, the bridge stood undamaged, with the epicenter of the earthquake occuring between the bridge's two towers.

This bridge is one of the world's greatest triumphs in scale of design & aesthetic, spanning in a region where nature can show it's worst, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge is a wonder of the world.
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CyanideWorksMC Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
This is an amazing bridge you built! Effort Well Spent My Friend! How long did this take you?
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MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It took me a good few weeks, don't know how long exactly. When my hard drive failed last month I lost it, and some of my later builds as well :(
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Masterofartistics Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Really like your buildings:)
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MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Good to hear! Will have more to come! :)
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ArrantSpade80 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
how do you have the attention span to do this? i dont. WTF IS THAT? :omg: v2 revamp 
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MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I listen to music, it's great for concentration :)
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ArrantSpade80 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
makes sense Meow :3 
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Hestzey Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
AMAZING WOW
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MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thanks, glad you like it :D
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Hestzey Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
You're welcome! :huggle:
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