Ontario-based photographer Wayne Simpson captures some stunning, scenic landscapes of Canada. Each image presents a beautiful expanse of land, often coated in an untouched stretch of white snow, with a complementing natural, mountainous fixture in the distance. The breathtaking photos provide a variance in depth, offering something for the viewer’s eyes to admire in both the foreground and the background.
Hovenring is an incredible suspended roundabout conceptualized and designed by IPV Delft specifically for cyclists to safely make their way across congested traffic by traveling overhead. Located between Eindhoven and Veldhoven in the Netherlands, above the Heerbaan/Meerenakkerweg intersection, the circular steel bridge offers an alternative route for cyclists as well as an aesthetically pleasing landmark for locals and visitors.
The structure adds an intriguing sight to the landscape that includes a pylon that soars approximately 230 feet high with 24 steel cables attached to it, holding the circular pathway up like a hovering saucer. It offers a spectacular view both in daylight and at night, when its lights are lit up. In addition to its unique, eye-catching design, Hovenring is a successful step in the evolution of architecture. Being the very first of its kind, the bicycle path offers an innovative approach to future road designs focused on efficiency and safety.
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain by Antoni Gaudi
Construction of the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família began in 1882, more than a century ago. The temple is still under construction, with completion expected in 2026. It is perhaps the best known structure of Catalan Modernisme, drawing over three million visitors annually. Architect Antoni Gaudi worked on the project until his death in 1926, in full anticipation he would not live to see it finished.
Gaudi was appointed architect in 1883 at 31 years of age, following disagreements between the temple’s promoters and the original architect, Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano. He maintained del Villar’s Latin cross plan, typical of Gothic cathedrals, but departed from the Gothic in several significant ways. Most notably, Gaudi developed a system of angled columns and hyperboloidal vaults to eliminate the need for flying buttresses. Rather than relying on exterior elements, horizontal loads are transferred through columns on the interior.
Converting the main train station at Salzburg in Austria to a through station only meant keeping the elegant, landmarked, arched roofing dating back to 1908 intact but relocating its position. At the same time, it was imperative to maintain a normal train service while the redesign and renovation work was being carried out. Furthermore, the projected conversion coupled with the evaluation of weather data over the years concerning snow and wind load on the construction required designers to make the structural system of the roof longitudinal.
Photography: kadawittfeldarchitektur/Taufik Kenan, Angelo Kaunat