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A Glazing Record – The Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

17 Aug 2015

Providing countless applications across a wide selection of industries and disciplines, architects are constantly developing new ways to explore and challenge the versatility of glass.

So, it’s no wonder that world records are constantly being broken – the latest being the world’s tallest and longest glass pedestrian bridge, which is set to be claimed by the Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, China.

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[Images courtesy of Haim Dotan Ltd. Architects and Urban Designers]

Open to the public in October, this bridge will stretch 1410ft across two cliffs in the Zhangjiaji National Park and hovers over a nail-biting 980ft drop – dwarfing the previous record holder, which sat at a mere 718ft above ground.

With the ability to hold up to 800 tourists at a time, the bridge will comprise two side steel beams, a structural glass deck, handrails and side suspension cables.

For tourists who catch the adrenaline bug from completing the transparent walkway, the bridge is also aiming to snatch the record for the world's highest bungee jump from Macau Tower's 764ft-high attraction.

To learn more about this project click here or to see more inspiring uses of glazing, feel free to check out our Pilkington Project references page here.

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