Designers get their inspiration from many places. Purses masquerade as jewelry. Jewelry fabric prints on fashion runway designs. But this jewelry inspired structure is an engineering first.  The picture shows a proposed Pearl River Necklace bridge to join Hong Kong and Macau. The concept design is an ingenious solution to the problem of how to direct traffic when cars from one place drive on the left and the other place, on the right.

Hong Kong is a former British colony so the drivers stay on the right. Macau once belonged to Portugal and they drive on the left. The Dutch architectural firm designed a twisted figure 8 configuration nicknamed "the Flipper", to place drivers on the opposite side of the road both physically and mentally!

The firm lost the competition so the necklace bridge will not be built but it's an intriguing idea!

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