My big ol' suspension bridge, mostly completed (except for a few details here and there).

My big ol’ suspension bridge, mostly completed (except for a few details here and there).

I like building bridges in Minecraft. I’ve built a number of different kinds of bridges in the nearly five years I’ve been playing the game. Mostly they’ve been on the smaller side, and the style is usually some kind of covered bridges or stone arch bridges. In my most recent game I decided to try my hand at building a suspension bridge, and a big one at that. In the grand scheme of things, I suppose it isn’t that big. Certainly, it is not a scale model of the a real suspension bridge. But in survival Minecraft terms, this is a pretty decent size build. I’ll just let the picture captions narrate the build. In the next week or so, I’ll write another post that focuses attention on a few specific design elements.

The bridge is made up of three towers. The two on the end are identical. The one in the middle is a little wider and a little taller.

The bridge is made up of three towers. The two on the end are identical. The one in the middle is a little wider and a little taller.

This is the middle tower. The two outer towers are built on a 7x7 foundation, while the middle tower is on a 9x9 foundation.

This is the middle tower. The two outer towers are built on a 7×7 foundation, while the middle tower is on a 9×9 foundation.

This suspension bridge project started out as a rather simple project. I wanted to surround a portion of my main island with stone walls and sandstone paths. I also needed an easy way to get over the water to a nearby landmass for certain materials and to get livestock. Not wanting a simple, ugly bridge, I decided to try something new: a suspension bridge. The result was a far more involved build than I had anticipated.

This suspension bridge project started out as a rather simple project. I wanted to surround a portion of my main island with stone walls and sandstone paths. I also needed an easy way to get over the water to a nearby landmass for certain materials and to get livestock. Not wanting a simple, ugly bridge, I decided to try something new: a suspension bridge. The result was a far more involved build than I had anticipated.

The coast wall will continue on the other side of the tower when I am finished.

The coast wall will continue on the other side of the tower when I am finished.

The Sandstone path through the bottom of the suspension bridge tower.

The Sandstone path through the bottom of the suspension bridge tower.

I used multiple layers and changing widths to give the tower walls some texture.

I used multiple layers and changing widths to give the tower walls some texture.

Looking up at one of the end towers. My main construction materials were actually rather limited: Stone Brick (including stairs and slabs), Polished Andesite, Dark Oak Planks, and Hardened Stone Brick (from Enironmental Tech) make up the biggest part of of my materials. Varying these materials is what gives the towers their visual interest.

Looking up at one of the end towers. My main construction materials were actually rather limited: Stone Brick (including stairs and slabs), Polished Andesite, Dark Oak Planks, and Hardened Stone Brick (from Enironmental Tech) make up the biggest part of of my materials. Varying these materials is what gives the towers their visual interest.

The main floor of the end towers. Those are Black Diamond Lamps on the wall (from Silent's Gems). Hanging from the ceiling are Tin Fence Pieces (from Base Metals).

The main floor of the end towers. Those are Black Diamond Lamps on the wall (from Silent’s Gems). Hanging from the ceiling are Tin Fence Pieces (from Base Metals).

Looking down the length of the bridge from the end tower. The suspension cables are Tin Blocks and Cobblestone Wall Pieces painted as Tin Blocks (in Ender IO's Painting Machine).

Looking down the length of the bridge from the end tower. The suspension cables are Tin Blocks and Cobblestone Wall Pieces painted as Tin Blocks (in Ender IO’s Painting Machine).

The middle room of the end tower. I used Green Stained Glass and Green Enlightened Clear Glass (from Ender IO) on my windows.

The middle room of the end tower. I used Green Stained Glass and Green Enlightened Clear Glass (from Ender IO) on my windows.

Looking up at the middle tower. I altered just slightly the design of the glass windows for the middle tower. The basic design elements, however, are the same throughout as in the end towers.

Looking up at the middle tower. I altered just slightly the design of the glass windows for the middle tower. The basic design elements, however, are the same throughout as in the end towers.

The main level of the middle tower. Stairs lead down to the barracks.

The main level of the middle tower. Stairs lead down to the barracks.

The lower room of the middle tower is a small barracks. I used Tin Fence Pieces for the windows and Seal Lanterns for lighting.

The lower room of the middle tower is a small barracks. I used Tin Fence Pieces for the windows and Seal Lanterns for lighting.

The middle room of the middle tower. I used green crosses for all four sides of the middle tower.

The middle room of the middle tower. I used green crosses for all four sides of the middle tower.

The view from the top of the middle tower looking away from my main base.

The view from the top of the middle tower looking away from my main base.

The view from the top of the middle tower looking toward my main base.

The view from the top of the middle tower looking toward my main base.

Looking at the whole bridge from a distance. I used an altered Fibonacci Series to try to achieve the look of a cable bending under tension.

Looking at the whole bridge from a distance. I used an altered Fibonacci Series to try to achieve the look of a cable bending under gravity.

Another distance shot.

Another distance shot.

My render distance isn't spectacularly far (12 chunks), but I kind of like the fading effect.

My render distance isn’t spectacularly far (12 chunks), but I kind of like the fading effect.

The view of the rest of my base from the top of the nearest tower.

The view of the rest of my base from the top of the nearest tower.

The tops of the towers are inspired by London's Tower Bridge. They are constructed from blocks of Nickel (from Base Metals) and Moldavite Lamps (from Silent's Gems).

The tops of the towers are inspired by London’s Tower Bridge. They are constructed from blocks of Nickel (from Base Metals) and Moldavite Lamps (from Silent’s Gems).

 

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