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Miho Bridge     

The Miho Museum Bridge was ecologically designed by LERA to span the deep valley without the intervention of

piers rising up from the ground.


The 400-ft long bridge combines key elements of three different structural systems to produce an elegant and highly efficient design.


The cantilevered, cable-stayed and post-tensioned design produced a shallow bridge only 6.5 ft deep, with the diameter of the largest structural member measuring at a mere 10.5 in.


Kyoto, Japan



Shinji Shumeikai



I.M. Pei



Outstanding Structure Award, 2002

International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)


HIROBA Architectural Award, 1998

Kinki Federation of Architect & Building Engineers, Japan


Award of Excellence, 1998

15th International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Design Competition


Most Innovative Structure Award, 1999

Structural Engineers Assocation of Illinois (SEAOIL)


Diamond Award for Excellence in Bridge Engineering, 1999

New York Association of Consulting Engineers, Inc.


Engineering Excellence Honor Award, 1999

American Consulting Engineers Council (ACEC)

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